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"Positive Birthing"

About: Wheatbelt Midwifery Group Practice

(as the patient),

Following the care we received recently from Wheatbelt Midwifery Group Practice (WMGP) at the Northam Regional Hospital (NRH) and it being ICM International Day of the Midwife "Follow the Data Invest in Midwives", we'd like to share our story of a beautiful positive Birth.

We worked with the same Northam Midwife who provided consistent care throughout our pregnancy and delivery. We also had touch points with our local GP. The consistency of the same midwife meant that she knew us, our ethos & values and honored our preferences for welcoming our baby recently.

The WMGP model of care gave us confidence in our decision to birth in our local town in stead of going down to Perth, our midwife advocated for me during admission, and supported our preferences for a positive empowered beautiful and calm water birth.

The WMGP also offered Hypnobirthing Positive Birth Program, together with the WMGP care approach we got exactly what we wanted, logistically close to home, we got to stay in our own town in a safe beautiful care system, and we could achieve our preference of a low key, calm, gentle, safe, empowered and relaxed birthing experience. Thank you WACHS for offering this model.

Being able to birth in my own town reduced stress on our family and supported a positive start to our parenting journey.

Hypnobirthing and WMGP has set the foundation for us to enjoy parenting and a positive outlook on the care models, and this model also reduced the resource drain on the WACHS as we were in and out of Hospital to birth in just 4 or 5 hours.


We would like to see a dedicated space for the WMGP in the NRH. Currently the WMGP office is co-located in the same waiting room as pathology! Which means that pregnant women are sitting in the same waiting room as, I believe, sick people getting blood tests. I feel this is not ideal. Please improve this one logistic.

Also, I believe more midwives are needed in Northam! I feel advancement to be a tertiary hospital, and options for elective cesareans is needed also!

Thank you!


Response from Russell Cockburn, Regional Nursing and Midwifery Director, WA Country Health Service - Wheatbelt last month
Russell Cockburn
Regional Nursing and Midwifery Director,
WA Country Health Service - Wheatbelt
Submitted on 02/06/2021 at 12:10
Published on Care Opinion at 13:09

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Hello magpiewf86,

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback on the Wheatbelt Midwifery Group Practice (WMGP) based in Northam and the WACHS Positive birth program.

We are proud to offer the Midwifery Group Practice model of care to women across the Wheatbelt as an evidence-based care model that provides exactly the care you have described.

Our midwives are wonderful, and we are very proud of the support, empowerment and evidence-based care they provide to women and families during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.

It is wonderful to hear of the positive impact of this first-hand.

I appreciate your suggestions around improvements, and we are always seeking such feedback. As our regional services grow we will need to look at a number of clinical service areas and spaces including the WMGP area with a view of location and future-proofing. Thank you for this feedback as it assists reinforce the required changes in the near future.

The WMGP is becoming an increasingly popular choice for women and families of the area and we are hoping to have more midwives available soon, and we are currently recruiting more midwives for our WMGP along with planning expansion of the service to incorporate the ability to offer elective cesareans.

Thank you again for your invaluable feedback.

Russell Cockburn

Regional Director, Nursing & Midwifery Services

WACHS - Wheatbelt

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