Queensland mums embrace Government help with bubs
QUEENSLAND mothers have embraced a State Government initiative which provides them with home-based assistance in the first month of their child's life.
The Mums and Bubs program introduced last year has seen more than 15,000 mothers take up the offer of two free home visits from either a midwife or a child health nurse to assist them in the early stages of motherhood.
The two home-based visits provide new mothers with information across a broad range of topics including immunisation, sleep, breastfeeding, nutrition, child growth and development and safe environments.
Darling Downs and Mackay mothers have welcomed the new service with figures showing a 56% and 33% increase respectively in the three months from July to September - the largest increases in the state.
Across the state the number of mothers who accessed the service increased 16% each quarter.
Health Minister Lawrence Springborg, talking exclusively to APN Newsdesk, said well informed parents will be more likely to make better decisions in relation to their child's health and development.
"We believe child and maternal care is extremely important," he said.
"Having a child is such an amazing thing.
"However, having a child can be extremely daunting, especially for first-time mothers.
"This program is about giving mothers the support they need in the comfort of their own home where things are familiar.
"It has been a very positive initiative which has been extremely popular with Queensland mothers."
Liz Wilkes from My Midwifes Queensland said the program had been extremely effective.
"It is a fantastic policy in principle," she said.
"The program has been extremely effective in certain HHS regions and mothers love it.
"They are fully supportive of the program because they get to see the direct benefits first-hand."
NUMBER OF MOTHERS WHO ACCESSED THE PROGRAM IN EACH HHS REGION TO SEPTEMBER 2013.
- Central Queensland 1090
- Central West 21
- Darling Downs 1208
- Mackay 777
- Metro North 2063
- South West 142
- Sunshine Coast 982
- West Moreton 1193
- Wide Bay 1193