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Jajum Bajara birthing program celebrates early success

19 October 2021

A new Bayside birthing program focussed on continuity of care for Birthing in our Community is celebrating early success with the births of dozens of healthy and happy babies.

The Jajum Bajara program, officially launched by the Bay last week, is a partnership model of maternity care between Yulu Burri-Ba Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health (YBB), the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health (IUIH) and Metro South Health's Redland Hospital to provide a holistic service for Indigenous families.

The care provided by a dedicated Midwifery Group Practice – Birthing in Our Community (BIOC) is proven to deliver better outcomes and decreased interventions, safe and timely access to support for mother and baby regardless of risk.

In development since early last year, the focus of Jajum Bajara is to provide women with choices and opportunity to engage in the decision making about the care she and her family receives.

Yulu-Burri-Ba CEO David Collins said it was important for children to grow with a cultural understanding, and a sense of identity.

"This is bub’s first connection with culture, community, and country. Enabling our Yulu-Burri-Ba families to access the right support for their birth in a safe environment makes so much difference – and has a lifelong impact."

Institute for Urban Indigenous Health CEO Adrian Carson said bubs born through this model of care were much less likely be born prematurely which had a positive impact on every single aspect of life – for both bub and their family.

“This model is something we would like to see available to all women birthing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander babies, so that these outcomes can be replicated nationally.”

Metro South Health Board Chair Janine Walker said the unique, indigenous led antenatal care model provided mothers with 24/7 access to the same midwives and indigenous family support workers.

"Research tells us that culturally and clinically safe care strengthens support for families," she said.

“The year before birth and the year after birth is the most important time in life and this program will care for women and their families, providing access to their own midwife, their own indigenous family support worker, a multidisciplinary team including allied, primary and social health services, paediatric specialists as well as intensive parenting and quit smoking programs.”

“We want every Indigenous mother to deliver their baby at the right gestation and at a healthy weight, and this is just another important step towards closing the gap for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure they access the services they need to achieve the very best health outcomes possible.”

Last updated 19 October 2021
Last reviewed 19 October 2021

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