Preg­nancy – what next?

Central Leader - - Sport -

If you’re preg­nant or plan­ning to have a baby, MAMA Ma­ter­nity In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices can ex­plain how ma­ter­nity ser­vices are pro­vided and help you to find a lead ma­ter­nity carer (LMC).

Nowa­days women can be cared for by a mid­wife, doc­tor, private ob­ste­tri­cian or a hospi­tal team dur­ing preg­nancy, labour, birth and af­ter the baby is born.

The ma­jor­ity of women choose a mid­wife to be their LMC, al­though women with pre-ex­ist­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions or who de­velop com­pli­ca­tions, may need their care su­per­vised by an ob­ste­tri­cian.

MAMA staff can de­scribe the ser­vices of­fered by dif­fer­ent providers and help women de­cide which LMCs qual­i­ties will best suit their needs.

They can also pro­vide a list of lo­cal ma­ter­nity providers for women to choose from.

This is a spe­cial time in the life of the wo­man and her fam­ily, so it’s im­por­tant they like and are eas­ily able to com­mu­ni­cate with their cho­sen LMC.

MAMA pro­vides in­for­ma­tion pam­phlets that as­sist women and their fam­i­lies to find the right LMC for them, and rec­om­mends that women con­tact two or three po­ten­tial LMCs and choose the one they think will best suit their needs.

MAMA rec­om­mends that women find out about their choices for care and care providers early in their preg­nancy.

This way they can reg­is­ter with an LMC by the time they are 14 weeks preg­nant and re­ceive con­ti­nu­ity of care from this LMC through­out the ma­ter­nity cy­cle.

How­ever, many women do not re­alise what op­tions they have and the de­ci­sions they need to make un­til they are part way through their preg­nan­cies and have al­ready reg­is­tered with a lead ma­ter­nity carer.

The Min­istry of Health recog­nises the spe­cial na­ture of the re­la­tion­ship be­tween a wo­man and her LMC.

So they have made it pos­si­ble for women to change to an­other care provider, at any time dur­ing the ma­ter­nity cy­cle, if it be­comes clear that the LMC she orig­i­nally reg­is­tered with is not able to sup­port the choices the wo­man makes.

For more in­for­ma­tion about MAMA Ma­ter­nity In­for­ma­tion, phone 629 5163.

Re­as­sur­ance: Dramtic ve­hi­cle sig­nage re­minds women that they can have the ul­ti­mate say when it comes to ma­ter­nity car­ers.

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