New birth unit delay

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THE area health service has shelved the launch of its controversial, stand-alone, midwife birthing unit at Mona Vale Hospital ...

... It leaves the north of the peninsula without any form of maternity service for at least three more months.

The proposed midwifery group practice was due to open by the end of the year, but this has now been put back to March.

According to the health service, the delay would allow for the completion of a thorough risk assessment of the model of care.

Mona Vale has been without a maternity ward since last July, when it was moved to Manly after the discovery of asbestos in the hospital.

... it has proposed a midwife-managed birthing unit ...

... Northern Sydney Central Coast Health’s clinical director, women’s network, Dr Michael Nicholl, said the delay was to ensure a rigorous and proper assessment ...

Melissa Maimann, Essential Birth Consulting 0400 418 448