Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Let My Midwives Brighten Your Pregnancy Glow

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Let My Midwives Brighten Your Pregnancy Glow

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MIDWIFERY is a profession full of highly skilled specialists educated in birth with the medical knowledge required to safely deliver one of life's most precious gifts.

However, for the majority of women who are more comfortable with the thought of giving birth in a hospital, the extra support and familiar face of a midwife both throughout their pregnancy and during birth has been a luxury they've never quite been able to fully access and utilise due to the red tape that has prevented midwives from having access to hospitals and maintaining their status as lead carers once their client is in a hospital's duty of care.

Until now.

In June 2010, Liz Wilkes and Makayla McIntosh, who were both involved in the national review of maternity services after lobbying local, state and federal government for changes to maternity services, began building a practice that embodied their vision.

Their understanding of how midwives could move into private practice using the new Medicare provider numbers for midwives has proved vital in building what has become a crucial and much-loved service in Toowoomba.

My Midwives officially opened its doors in November 2010, with four more midwives a[pounds sterling] Rebecca Denny, Roslyn Beard, Teresa Walsh and Hazel Mastin a[pounds sterling] seizing the opportunity to be involved in the revolutionary maternity service.

In the three years since then, My Midwives Ipswich was established and Sonya Sloan became the fifth midwife to buy into the main structure of the business in Toowoomba.

As a pioneer in its field, My Midwives continues to make waves throughout the community as its team persists in its endeavours to support expectant families and simplify and de-stress what is one of life's greatest journeys.

It was the first midwifery practice in Australia to gain visiting access, licensing and collaborative agreements with a hospital, and as a result, their midwives are responsible for the care of women who are admitted as private patients to Toowoomba Hospital and the delivery of their child. …

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