Home visits a big help for new mums

BRIAN OLIVERSound Telegraph

Women in Rockingham can take advantage of a new home maternity service after midwives at Woodbridge Medical Centre started home visits.

Michelle Price, an eligible midwife at the centre who provides care for women throughout and after their pregnancies, said the service would be an extension of those provided by Rockingham General Hospital.

“When women get discharged from Rockingham General Hospital they have a great midwife service where nurses visit them at home, but only up to day five or seven,” she said.

“After that we thought there was a gap where mums stopped breastfeeding.

“We thought we would offer a service to fill that gap.”

The clinic is about to welcome its third eligible midwife and Ms Price said women could have a weekly visit at home from a nurse for up to six weeks after giving birth.

The service will be bulk-billed and covered by Medicare.

Ms Price said the home visits to parents in their first six weeks of being at home would take pressure off what was often a stressful period.

“It’s a hectic time — exhaustion, breastfeeding issues — just getting used to having a baby in the house,” she said. “It’s turmoil ... those first six weeks.

“We can help them adjust.

Some people are quite traumatised by their birth as well.”

Ms Price said visiting mums and babies in their home environment made it easier for everyone involved.

“Getting out of the house in those first few weeks (of having a baby) is hard work,” she said.

“Not only are you exhausted, the baby is either asleep, awake, feeding, settled ... a new mum having a shower is a hard thing, let alone getting out of the house.”

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