"No Access to Midwife-led continuity models of care"
About: Fiona Stanley Hospital / Antenatal Clinic, Birth Suite, Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Wards 3B, 3C, 3D, 3DO, Visiting Midwife Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital Antenatal Clinic, Birth Suite, Maternal Fetal Assessment Unit, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Wards 3B, 3C, 3D, 3DO, Visiting Midwife Service, Murdoch 6150 King Edward Memorial Hospital / Community Midwifery Program King Edward Memorial Hospital Community Midwifery Program Subiaco 6008 King Edward Memorial Hospital / Maternity King Edward Memorial Hospital Maternity Subiaco 6008
Posted by silverwareys45 (as ),
I'm writing on behalf of my sibling who is currently 19 weeks pregnant with their first child. In her early pregnancy, she applied for the birthing centres at Fiona Stanley and King Edward Memorial Hospital and was rejected from both, I believe due to full capacity. She lives 20 minutes away and has been referred to King Edward Memorial Hospital for her care - despite having a low-risk pregnancy.
She was hoping to engage with a midwifery-led program at King Eddies so that she can at least enjoy the benefits of Midwife-led continuity model of care. Unfortunately, the midwife at her first appointment has told her there is no room for her with any Midwife program. I believe this means she isn't able to access even her third preference of model of care.
Surely there is capacity somewhere for her to have the type of care she wants? If not, why are hospitals not supporting/resourcing this type of care to match the current demand?