Ready for first babies under new maternity model of care

Maternity Services at Castlemaine Health will be fully operational from Monday 3 May 2021.

The two-stage re-opening of the service began on 22 March 2021 with referrals for pregnancy care. Birthing services will re-open on schedule on 3 May 2021 for births from 37 weeks gestation up to 42 weeks gestation, in line with the capability of a Level 2 maternity service.

“This is an exciting day for the community,” says Castlemaine Health CEO, Sue Race.

“The response to the opening of pregnancy care has been wonderful and our team of Midwifery Group Practice midwives have been caring for a diverse group of women and their families.”

“As we prepare to welcome the first babies born under the new model we wanted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication required to honour our commitment to maintain locally based maternity services.”

“We believe all women deserve safe, respectful, individualised, evidence based care,” says Sue.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer what is regarded as the ‘gold standard’ of midwifery-led care; the continuity of care model, where women see the same midwife throughout their pregnancy, labour and birth and early parenting, and to partner with Bendigo Health and our local general practitioner obstetricians.”

 Victoria’s Acting Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Adjunct Professor Tanya Farrell, will officially open Maternity Services at a small event on the day to be attended by key stakeholders from the community and the service review team.

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