“LEETON mums have been through enough stressful times”.
It was with those words from Leeton District Hospital midwife Robyn Whittaker that mothers across the shire breathed a sigh of relief.
Those mothers-to-be who are classed as “low-risk” will now be able to birth their babies at the Leeton hospital under the care and guidance of specially-trained midwives.
They are Ms Whittaker, Robyn Fraser, LeeAnne Driscoll and Jenny Ciavarella.
The midwifery-led program started last Monday and already there has been a large range of inquiries into the service.
Four women have booked in for a visit with a midwife for risk assessments, three have had routine ante-natal checks, three have been given Anti-D injections, three mothers have attended the emergency department and a further two have returned to the hospital for post-natal care.
While there have been no babies born under the model, there are two mothers expecting to give birth at the hospital soon.
“We’re having some very good successes (with the model) at the moment,” Leeton cluster manager Jenny Tyrrell said.
Extensive training was completed by the four, who were already qualified midwives.
They will now focus solely on the program rather than other nursing duties at the hospital.
Mothers who don’t fall into the low-risk category will still be able to meet, chat and liaise with the Leeton midwives, but will be required to birth their babies in Griffith or Wagga.
Ms Tyrrell said it was essential those mothers were aware they could still turn to the midwives in town for support and guidance.
The general feeling surrounding the model-of-care has been one of relief, according to Ms Whittaker.
“I think the mums of Leeton have been through enough stress, so they are glad this program is now in place,” she said. A specialist from Griffith will also be travelling to the Leeton hospital once a fortnight.
“It’s good news for everyone involved, but especially the mothers of our area,” Ms Whittaker said.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District is continuing its bid to attract an obstetrician to Leeton.
To make an appointment with a midwife to discuss your options call the hospital on 6953 1111.