FOR close to 18 months, many women weren’t able to birth their children in Leeton, but a new program allowing them to do so is receiving big attention.
The success of the Leeton Hospital Midwifery Group Practice was presented at the Essentials of Care Showcase in Sydney on Thursday.
The showcase is an annual event organised by NSW Health to recognise achievements as part of the NSW Health Essentials of Care Program.
Leeton midwives Leeanne Driscoll and Robyn Whittaker were at the event and made a presentation on the midwifery-led model of maternity care.
The midwives have assisted in the birth of nine babies in Leeton since November.
The presentation outlined how the maternity service in Leeton was reinvigorated with the introduction of the midwifery led model of care.
Ms Driscoll said the introduction of this model of care has transformed the midwives’ ability to care for local women and families.
“The Leeton midwives provide holistic care to low risk women,” she said.
“We develop a close professional relationship with all women and their families. We can support them throughout their pregnancy. There is less intervention during labour, maternal risks are identified earlier, and midwives build rapport with women.”
The midwives have a close relationship with the obstetricians and the maternity service at Griffith Base Hospital. “We work in a close knit team, supporting and communicating with each other to ensure safe quality outcomes for women and their babies,” Ms Driscoll said.