Bay women can have same midwife throughout second pregnancy

HERVEY Bay women have been given the option of having the same midwife throughout their second pregnancy under a new continuity of carer model by the Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.

Hervey Bay Hospital maternity unit manager Kerri Green said Hervey Bay women experiencing their second pregnancy would now have the option of applying for a 'named midwife' who would deliver care antenatally, during labour and after the baby is born.

"Women in this program will have the same midwife look after them throughout their pregnancy until they are placed back into the care of their general practitioner," she said.

"Pregnant women who see the same midwife throughout pregnancy, delivery and post natal periods have greater consumer satisfaction and fewer interventions."

Ms Green said any woman interested in the program would require a specific referral to the Midwifery Group Practice from their GP between 12 and 16 weeks of gestation.

"Initially six of our experienced midwives will provide care under this program, which means we are limiting this option to women who have had a previous birth and have a referral from their GP," she said.

"If this program proves successful it will be the first step towards a larger plan to expand similar models of care as options for eligible expectant mums from Hervey Bay, Maryborough and across the Wide Bay region.

Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service chief executive Adrian Pennington said the continuity of carer option was a good example of innovation in patient care being delivered to Fraser Coast mothers.

"The Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service is consistently looking at innovation that will improve the care we provide to patients across all our facilities and the various wards," he said.

"This program is a great example of innovation by the Maternity Ward at Hervey Bay and I look forward to hearing feedback from the midwives and mothers involved."