New maternity service gives women more choice

A woman holds a newborn baby in her arms
Rockingham General Hospital Midwifery Unit Manager Alicia Pearce with a newborn baby girl.
August 15, 2018

Expectant mothers in the Rockingham area will have more choice with a new maternity model of care set to be introduced at Rockingham General Hospital (RGH).

In the new year, the hospital’s maternity service will adopt a more patient-centric model of care which will offer midwifery-led care to appropriate women.

The new service will allow women the choice of continuity of care by staying with their community General Practitioner (GP) in a shared care model with the hospital.

Alternatively, they can have antenatal care provided in the community by a GP Obstetrician, in addition to midwifery-led care during and after birth.

Rockingham Peel Group Executive Director Kath Smith said appropriately qualified and skilled doctors and midwives will be recruited to hospital in the coming months, in addition to education and training for our midwifery team to support this new service.

“The new model of care will have mothers as the core focus,” Kath said

“Pregnancy can be a stressful time for women and we want to ensure the process of pre and post-natal care is as simple as possible for them.”

An important aspect of this new service is offering a midwifery-led model of care, which is currently not available in the area.

“This model of care is a more contemporary, evidence-based approach and is already in practice in hospitals throughout Western Australian and Australia,” Kath said.

“There is significant research to support this model of care with lower intervention rates, a higher success rate with breastfeeding and overall increased satisfaction amongst women.

“Women giving birth at RGH can be assured of a continued high level of safe maternity care and service will be delivered with this new arrangement.”