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MDHS provides care for women in our local community in all stages of their pregnancy, birth and antenatal journey. Our unit is staffed by midwifes and supported by local General Practitioner Obstetricians who are there to support care of our local community.
MDHS offers maternity care to low-risk women for the whole of their pregnancy, birth and postnatal journey. If you are unable to birth with us at MDHS, we support you returning to us as soon as possible postnatally for ongoing care and support.
In some exciting news, we are preparing to introduce a new model of care to provide safe and sustainable maternity services with better outcomes for women and their babies at all stages of care.
Under the Midwifery Group Practice – Case load Model of Care, a primary midwife will provide care for a woman from pregnancy right through to the post-natal period, with support from other women and a multidisciplinary team (read more).
MDHS is a tight-knit community centred hospital that offers great patient service. Our small, highly skilled maternity team will provide you with personalised care throughout your time with us. Research shows that women who have consistent caregivers experience better outcomes and our team see this demonstrated every day in our work. We are always hearing from our women and their families how lovely it has been for them to see the same doctors and midwives throughout their time with us.
If you have to birth elsewhere you are welcome to return for your post natal care if appropriate. Our midwives also visit after your discharge from the maternity ward
Information for New Mums
During your pregnancy, we will recommend some blood tests that will check for various conditions that could affect the health of you or your baby.
You will also have at least two ultrasounds, one at the beginning of pregnancy and one at around 20 weeks gestation, to check the health of your baby.
All pregnancy appointments are held in our antenatal clinic, where you will be seen by both a GP Obstetrician and a midwife. Here you will have regular check-ups, all of the recommended screening tests and ultrasounds, and receive information about pregnancy and birth.
We also offer childbirth education classes which is a great way to meet other new parents and find out all about labour, birth and looking after your baby once they arrive!
MDHS is fully equipped with a large birthing room and all the comforts of home. Once you arrive in the hospital, you will receive one-on-one care from a midwife during your labour and birth. Partners and support people are welcome, and we fully encourage women and their families to make themselves at home.
After your baby is born, our midwives will work alongside you to determine each yours and your babies individual care needs. You will be cared for by one of our midwives, who will assist you to care for your baby and look after yourself following the birth. You will also be supported by the GPO who was a part of your journey at MDHS.
Once you and your baby go home, you will be seen by a midwife for a domiciliary visit, either at your home or at the hospital. These visits include feeding support, further education about baby care and community resources for new parents, and a physical check-up for both you and your baby.
Other Support Services
Maternal and Child Health Line 13 22 29 – is a 24-hour telephone service. Qualified MCHNs offer information, advice and referral to all families with young children. An interpreter service is also available.