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Redland Hospital is celebrating the birth of the first baby delivered under the new Private Practice Eligible Midwife model.
Billy Brierley was born at 8.19am on Friday 17 October 2014, weighing 3820g, to proud parents Danielle and Stephen of Thornlands.
The baby was delivered by midwife Deborah MacGillivray, who is one of two credentialed private practice midwives who are working in partnership with Metro South Health.
The new initiative, which is being delivered under an Admitting Rights and Access Agreement between Metro South Health and credentialed private practice eligible midwives, provides women with an alternative choice for maternity care.
Logan Bayside Health Network’s Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services Lorraine Stevenson said the first birth under the model was a real cause for celebration as it represented a new era in maternity care within the services.
“It is a huge step forward for both midwifery services and women,” Ms Stevenson said.
“Previously women only ever had a choice of private obstetrics or public maternity, now expectant mothers can choose private midwifery services with the added benefit of utilising resources within our hospitals.”
The Private Practice Eligible Midwife program was launched throughout Metro South Health facilities in July to allow admission of private patients with the provision of private midwifery services.
Under the program women have the choice of a private eligible midwife as their primary carer for ante-natal appointments, during birth and in the post natal period.
The patients of private eligible midwives can book in to give birth at Metro South hospitals at any time during their pregnancy, while still remaining under the primary care of the private eligible midwife.
“Our research and evidence suggests that continuity of care models provided by the same maternity professional or small group of professionals can result in better outcomes and greater satisfaction for mothers and babies,” Ms Stevenson said.
New mother Danielle Brierley agreed the new model provided positive outcomes and welcomed the alternative approach.
“Having a private midwife has allowed me to see the same carer for all my appointments in the lead up to the birth,” she said.
“The continuity of care has allowed me to build up a relationship with Deb throughout my pregnancy and receive ongoing support throughout the whole time.