Preparing for a new baby can be stressful for any expecting mother, but for expecting mothers who speak limited English or come from countries with no access to healthcare, it can be even more difficult.
With Metro South Health serving the most culturally-diverse region in Queensland, access to culturally-sensitive care is essential. This is where the Maternity Hub at the Access Gateway in Logan Central is making a difference.
Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds are able to have the same midwife throughout their pregnancy, either at the Access Gateway in Logan Central or in their home.
The midwives care for women from early pregnancy to six weeks after the birth of their baby at Logan Hospital, and can connect them with other services to continue personalised care.
For midwife Joanna Grzybowska, the model of care offered through the hub is not only ideal for the women who use the service, but is a midwife’s dream as well.
“For women from CALD backgrounds, it can be hard if they have to see a different midwife at each appointment and explain their circumstances over and over. At the hub, we have the privilege of really getting to know the woman and partnering with her and her family in forming truly woman-centred pregnancy care,” she said.
“Working as an MGP midwife is another level of midwifery care. Our women welcome us into their homes and communities providing a daily source of inspiration to all the midwives in the group.
“We really get to know the women, and have a special relationship. We become sensitive to changes in their behaviour and when you really know her, you can pick up on small changes that need attention.”
After local mum Ayen had her first child in South Sudan, she didn’t know what was available for maternity care in Australia during her second pregnancy.
Joanna was able to provide her care through the hub, and connect her with other services to help her access assistance for her first child as well.
Ayen said after her experience with the hub, she was happy to recommend the service to other mums in a similar situation.
“I felt relaxed and comfortable. It’s nice knowing who you are talking to,” Ayen said.
“I loved it, everything was good.”
Women can be referred to the hub via their GP, or contact the Access Gateway directly.
For more information, visit metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/maternity-hubs