Mums give birth to new alliance
WORD of mouth about our Emerald Hospital midwives is making for happy, contented mums and bubs across the Central Highlands.
First-time mother Tish Ryder's pregnancy with daughter Chloe was a dream, thanks to the continuity-of- care model offered by the hospital, which paired her one-on-one with midwife Donna Millburn.
"I loved every bit of it - even the giving birth part," Tish said, laughing.
"I loved the personal approach from Donna. She helped me work through all my fears surrounding the birth and was there for the entire labour.
"She came around and saw me in my home and supported me with all the challenges you face as a new mother in the weeks after giving birth and, after emerging from the fog of sleep deprivation, I decided I wanted to give something back.
I couldn't believe I'd had such an awesome experience and that it was free through the public system, and I thought I wanted to support the midwife that supported me.
- Tish Ryder
Tish is now the president of the new Central Highlands branch of the Maternity Coalition, a consumer group that represents the interests of maternity service users.
She hopes the CHMC can become a united regional voice to safeguard and improve on existing maternity services through the ability to communicate concerns to hospital executives, politicians and health policy makers.
"We have formed a branch with a group of passionate women and we want to be an information provider for the community so that the women of the Central Highlands know they do have choices and that there are options and we can help them make informed decision on what care they want to receive," Tish said.
"We will represent the whole region because that's where the women who come to Emerald to give birth are from."
The Emerald Regional Midwifery Group Practice is celebrating its first birthday and mums, bubs and families are invited to Lions Park, Ruby St, on Tuesday (9.30-11am) for a morning tea. where you can share your stories, meet new people and thank the doctors and nurses that are part of the service.