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May 2018

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Northern Hospital access, women’s, children’s and surgical inpatient general manager Debra Bourne, Department of Health and Human Services health services policy assistant director Katy Fielding, Monash Health nursing, midwifery and support services executive director Adjunct Professor Cheyne Chalmers, Northern Hospital women’s and children’s services divisional director Dr Paul Howat and My Midwives’ Andrea Quanchi.

More models of care for mums encouraged

The Department of Health and Human Services is encouraging health services to establish more models of care for expectant mothers.

The move is in line with the State Government’s commitment to provide more choices for women and their families.

The Department hosted a workshop to give health services information about collaborative practice service models with midwives.

With a focus on continuity of pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care, this model provides women with the option to give birth in a public hospital as the private patient of an eligible midwife.

Practitioners, clinical leaders and executive staff from a number of rural and metropolitan hospitals that provide maternity services attended the workshop.

Northern Health deputy director of nursing and midwifery Roslyn Payne spoke about the benefits of the model from a health service perspective, including having the ability to support women who request continuity of carer.

The Northern Hospital has run a successful model since 2016.

Positive outcomes include reduced length of stay and reduced complications, as well as improved patient and staff satisfaction and reduced demand on antenatal and post-natal services.

A second model at Monash Health is underway with the first baby expected later this year.