Gladstone's first private midwife gets to work
HALEY Hurunui lost nearly four litres of blood giving birth to her daughter Luya 26 days ago.
"I was feeling so fatigued and not coping with the pain," she said.
But midwife Jodie James dropped in on Mrs Hurunui within 24 hours of Luya's birth.
"Jodie was there from the start and helped me problem-solve everything I was struggling with. She is an absolute God-send," Mrs Hurunui said.
The New Zealander has just been accredited as Gladstone's only private midwife.
"I've cared for more than 700 brand new bubs and counting," she said.
"I'm on call 24 hours a day until the baby is six weeks old. Early intervention is key and problem solving what's not working prevents stress and more serious issues later on."
Ms James said her work complemented the great care families received from obstetricians, doctors and midwives in hospital.
"It's really tough for new mums as they learn how to care for their baby," she said.
"My job is to give them that extra support."
HELP AT HAND:
- Women can now claim Medicare rebates for private midwifery care.
- Private midwifery is still emerging in Australia, but is standard practice in countries like New Zealand.