The staff behind a service to support Maitland’s first time mothers has almost doubled with the appointment of three additional midwives.
Liz Holle, Karen Grosse and Ellen Terer have joined Maitland Hospital’s recently formed Midwifery Group Practice, bringing the number of midwives to seven.
Introduced in February last year, the service offers support to mums while reducing the need for medical intervention during birth.
“The appointment of the three midwives is fantastic because it means we can expand the service and care for more women,” midwife Mary Manning said.
“We have a very busy workload here and we see at least four new women each month, so attracting these three highly skilled midwives is wonderful.”
Ms Manning said the practice offers women an opportunity to form one-on-one relationships with their midwives.
“From the outset, women will meet a midwife who will provide their antenatal care and education, their birth care in hospital and postnatal care in their homes,” she said. “Having a baby is one of the most important events in your life, so knowing your carer through that time is extremely important.”
Hunter New England Health started recruiting midwives at Maitland Hospital last month to ensure adequate staffing at the hospital.
“It is important to Hunter New England Health to ensure we have appropriate midwifery staffing levels and we have commenced recruiting the new midwives required under this system for Maitland Hospital,” Hunter New England Local Health District director of nursing and midwifery Karen Kelly said.
The NSW Nurses Association has accused the Hunter New England Local Health District of failing to meet its legal obligation to provide additional midwives for the John Hunter and Maitland maternity services.
About 1700 babies are delivered at Maitland Hospital each year.