- McGowan Government launches award winning midwifery group practice model (MGP) in Margaret River
- Service marks ninth MGP model for country communities and expands on existing services to provide greater maternal and newborn care options for regional families
- The model supports women and families to birth close to home and provides midwives with opportunities to work across the full scope of midwifery care
More babies are set to be born locally after the McGowan Government launched its award-winning midwifery group practice model (MGP) in Margaret River.
The MGP provides expectant women and their families with holistic care based on trust and relationship building with the same midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and into postnatal care.
The new service in Margaret River is the fifth MGP that has established in the South-West region, joining Bunbury, Bridgetown, Collie and Manjimup in providing greater maternal and newborn care options for local families.
MGP is an internationally recognised, evidence based clinical initiative that provides quality and sustainable midwifery-led, multidisciplinary care in conjunction with obstetric doctors.
They have been shown to assist with increased consumer satisfaction with care, lower postnatal depression rates, increased breastfeeding rates and shorter lengths of stay.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:
"The midwifery group practice model is now being offered across four regions, including Margaret River. Midwifery led care is important to support women's birthing choices and allow birthing closer to home.
"The practice will also help attract and retain local midwives and provide the opportunity to work within their full scope of their practice.
"I am a passionate advocate for midwifery led care and greater birth choices for women and I'm so pleased to announce this expansion."
Comments attributed to Warren-Blackwood MLA Jane Kelsbie:
"This is a fantastic win for local families in and around Margaret River. The launch of the award-winning midwifery group practice model provides expectant women and their families with holistic care based on trust and relationship building with the same midwife throughout their pregnancy, birth and into postnatal care.
"It's wonderful to see this service now being offered in Margaret River, building on the current midwifery group practice in the South-West, which includes established services in Bunbury, Bridgetown, Collie and Manjimup."
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