A project launching a new service for women in the Darling Downs funded by Medicare Local has commenced this month. The My Midwives Rural Outreach – Darling Downs service will offer women the opportunity to have continuity of midwifery care in rural areas.
“We are extremely excited at the opportunity to provide rural women midwifery care close to, or at, home,” Liz Wilkes Managing Director of My Midwives stated. “For the last 18 months we have been hearing loud and clear from rural women that they want the opportunity to have continuity of midwifery care so we are absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to set the service up.”
The service will offer midwifery clinics in Millmerran, Inglewood and Chinchilla and seeks to involve the local midwives and other health practitioners in all care provided. Women will have the opportunity to birth with a known midwife in Toowoomba or may have antenatal or postnatal care close to home, birthing with private obstetricians or in other hospitals.
“The aim is to increase midwifery care, in particular in postnatal services close to home,” Midwife Sonya Sloan indicates. Sonya has strong experience in rural areas having worked in the Goondiwindi Midwifery Group Practice prior to joining My Midwives. “My passionately held view is that rural women deserve all the options city women have. Having your own midwife on call for you has been found internationally to be the ‘gold standard’ model of care. So to bring it out of the city area is a dream come true.”
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