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More than 400 babies have been born through the Logan Maternity and Child Health Hubs which have just celebrated their milestone first birthday.
The Hubs, a unique service supporting hundreds of Logan mums to access expert maternity care in the community, officially opened in April 2018 as an extension of the existing Midwifery Group Practice offered at Logan Hospital.
Logan Hospital Nursing and Midwifery Director Jacquie Smith said the Hubs provided continuity of care during and after pregnancy, with birthing taking place at Logan Hospital.
“The goal of the hubs is to improve the health outcomes for mothers and children in Logan by providing culturally responsive and appropriate healthcare services,” she said.
Ms Smith said with 65-70 babies born weekly at Logan Hospital, the Maternity Hubs were designed to improve access to healthcare for the diverse and growing Logan community.
She said a team of midwives, healthcare workers and support staff shared the journey of pregnancy and parenthood with mums and their families, providing support as the baby grew.
“Together with the wrap around services provided at the Hubs, hundreds of mums, dads, siblings and extended family members are benefiting from better healthcare through better access to services and better knowledge of available supports.”
Midwifery Unit Manager for the hubs Michelle O’Connor said some pregnant women in Logan were not attending the recommended number of antenatal appointments for a range of reasons related to transport difficulties or cultural and social issues.
She said the Hub partners, their location, midwives and the artwork on the walls had been carefully selected to help break down these barriers and create a welcoming place for mothers to access care.
The community-based model of care was developed in consultation with a range of Logan representatives from advocacy groups, unions and universities as well as consumers and community members.
The Hubs are based at Access Gateway in Logan Central, Browns Plains Early Learning Centre and ATSICHS Brisbane in Waterford West. A fourth Hub supporting Maori and Pacific Islander Women will open in Slacks Creek in the coming months.
The Maternity Hubs are open to women who do not currently access maternity services, who live in the Logan City Council area, and who are:
The eligibility of other women with individual circumstances who may require this service is also considered.
For more information visit https://metrosouth.health.qld.gov.au/maternity-hubs/