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NAIDOC Week 2018: Because of her, we can!

11 July 2018

In NAIDOC Week 2018, we are celebrating the success of the new Jajumbora Midwifery Hub which is bringing birthing back to the community in Logan.

Run by ATSICHS Brisbane, Jajumbora provides culturally responsive healthcare throughout pregnancy and beyond for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Nineteen babies have been born through the service since it opened in February.

This year’s NAIDOC theme celebrates the essential role that women have played - and continue to play - as active and significant role models at the community, local, state and national levels.

“It is so important to support the health and wellbeing of our new mums at every stage of pregnancy to ensure they can continue to be role models within their families and in our community,” said ATSICHS Brisbane CEO, Jody Currie.

“At Jajumbora, a team of midwives, healthcare workers and support staff share the journey of pregnancy and parenthood with our mums and their families, providing support as the baby grows.”

“Our community have wanted to bring birthing back to community for a long time. Establishing birthing hubs outside of Logan Hospital and working with our services is definitely a step toward this goal.”

Jajumbora aims to improve the health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mothers and children in Logan by providing culturally responsive and appropriate healthcare services.

“Close to 60 women are currently receiving antenatal or postnatal care at Jajumbora,” said Nursing and Midwifery Director at Logan Hospital, Mellissa Knox.  “This means potentially 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.”

“Establishing connections and relationships with other healthcare providers and services in the community will ensure mothers can access the support services they need – when they need them.”

Jajumbora Midwifery Hub is one of three Logan Maternity and Child Health Hubs opened in 2018 with hubs also located at Access Gateway, Logan Central and Browns Plains Early Years Centre.

Last updated 11 July 2018
Last reviewed 11 July 2018

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