"Closing of birthing rooms"
Posted by capelladp74 (as ),
Armadale Hospital has decided to close the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms for the second time during my wife's pregnancy, and she is well into her third trimester. She has been getting herself psychologically ready for this and has just received a call today saying that it has been closed. It seems to us that Armadale Hospital is uneasy about births taking place there.
The Community Midwifery Program, overseen by the King Edward Memorial Hospital, use the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms for women who are having low-risk births and are eligible for a home birth under the Community Midwifery Program.
We have had our other children at the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms which have been positive experiences. The setting, privacy and expertise of the midwives has led my wife to opt to have our baby there as well, all going well.
While various bureaucratic and insurance pressures are no doubt at play, there needs to be a review as to why the Kalamunda Birthing Rooms remain under the jurisdiction of Armadale Health if they are not willing to have births there. It is unfortunate that we have been caught out and it has caused unnecessary stress for my heavily pregnant wife. We will likely now continue with option 2, which is the home birth.