Midwife Debra Young (left) of Lismore Base Hospital met up with former patient Amber Dalby, of Tuckombil, and her 8-month-old baby Celeste at a reunion at the hospital yesterday.
Midwife Debra Young (left) of Lismore Base Hospital met up with former patient Amber Dalby, of Tuckombil, and her 8-month-old baby Celeste at a reunion at the hospital yesterday. DAVID NIELSEN

Midwives' special bond

HELPING to bring 210 new babies into the world is not a bad way to remember your first year in business.

And that’s exactly what Lismore Community Midwifery Service at the Base Hospital did yesterday as mothers, midwives and babies were reunited to mark not only the unit’s first anniversary but also International Midwives Day.

Amber Dalby of Tuckombil said she didn’t think twice about using a midwife when told she was pregnant again.

“I had my first daughter with a midwife,” she said. “I liked the continuity of care and being looked after by the same midwife for the whole time.”

Under the program that was introduced at the hospital last May, women are given the opportunity of having their own midwife who will get to know them during their pregnancy, be present during the labour and birth, and will care for mother and baby afterwards.

“You become friends,” said Mrs Dalby’s midwife Debra Young. “It really is a joy to be part of it.”

The hospital’s Acting Midwife Nurse Unit Manager Brad Mills said research showed that women receiving care from a known midwife experiences lower rates of unnecessary intervention, excellent outcomes, higher rates of satisfaction and lower rates of still birth.

“The service here has been really popular since we opened a year ago,” he said.

“We have had pretty much a full book since we kicked off.”

And there will be no shortage of midwives in the future with Southern Cross University offering a Bachelor of Midwifery program this year. The hospital’s clinical midwifery educator Tania Andrews, who helped developed SCU’s course, said demand from students was ’overwhelming’.



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