More midwives here to cope with baby boom
GLADSTONE Hospital's midwifery group practice has delivered 120 babies to date, and in the coming year it's set to deliver more after increasing in numbers by three new midwives.
The arrival in November of clinical midwife Tina Small and registered midwives Julia Imarisio and Sarah Woodward brought the total midwife count to six.
By February, two more midwives will come on board.
The expansion has been pivotal to keep up with the demand for the service, Ms Small said.
The program enables women to be cared for by the same midwife throughout their pregnancy, during childbirth and until six weeks after birth.
Ms Small has been a midwife for eight years and was based at the Gladstone Hospital maternity ward.
"The continuity of this program is great, taking women from early pregnancy to six weeks post nata.
"You don't get that if you're with the ward. We get to know the families quite well."
The midwives will work in two teams, taking on eight families each.
Midwife Melissa Megaw said the program promoted natural labour.
"The response has been exceptional - the parents have been very happy with the birth experience," Ms Megaw said.