Maternity changes applauded

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WOMEN giving birth at the Murwillumbah hospital will soon be safer, even if they are transferred to Tweed Heads in labour, a midwifery expert has said.

Southern Cross University associate professor of midwifery Heather Hancock said the Murwillumbah District Hospital will implement their new midwife-led birthing model in December.

“Those small community hospitals are moving to 21st century models of practice that involve continuity with mother and midwife,” Prof Hancock said.

... The Murwillumbah hospital ... transfers high-risk maternity cases to Tweed Heads.

... But ... this new model of practice will ensure more safety for mothers and their babies.

“It means the woman will have the same midwife during pregnancy, birth and afterwards care,” she said.

“If a woman was in continuity care the midwife would go with her (in the ambulance to Tweed Heads).

... “... in terms of safety it's extremely important.”

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448