Midwife scheme endorsed

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THE NORTHERN beaches health service will proceed with plans for a midwife-only maternity scheme at Mona Vale Hospital ...

The new scheme will see the majority of northern beaches births take place at Manly Hospital, where a combined obstetric maternity service will operate, with about 200 births a year scheduled for Mona Vale, where midwives will now manage them all.

... the new “midwifery group practice model” was unanimously endorsed ...

But Mona Vale obstetrician Dr Chester Kent said the hospital had no representatives on the council and that none of its maternity staff supported the decision.

“It seems there is nobody being included in the decision-making process who really represents the interest of local women,” he said.

Another hospital worker, who did not want to be named, said they were only told about the changes at a meeting on Tuesday and that neither Manly or Mona Vale staff supported the decision, which they found “very distressing”.

Pittwater State Liberal MP Rob Stokes said operating a midwifery group practice model at Mona Vale was not a bad idea, but it should not be used as a replacement for obstetric services.

... “It’s not good enough to put a delivering mother into an ambulance and take them down to Manly, or the North Shore.”

Northern Sydney Central Coast Health chief executive Matthew Daly, who was present at Monday night’s clinical council meeting, said improved health outcomes for mothers and babies had influenced its decision to endorse a “united obstetric service” at Manly.

It's wonderful to see midwifery-led services expand. We have midwifery-led services in private midwifery practice, Ryde Hospital, Belmont and Wyong, to name a few. They're a great way to maintain midwifery services and are proving very popular with women and families.

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448