Midwife program for mums-to-be

HELPING HAND: Midwife Kate Pendlebury will be providing personal support and care to expecting Castle Hill mum Jessica Bracey throughout her pregnancy.

HELPING HAND: Midwife Kate Pendlebury will be providing personal support and care to expecting Castle Hill mum Jessica Bracey throughout her pregnancy.

Expecting mums from The Hills will have an extra pair of shoulders to lean on, thanks to a new program from Westmead Hospital. 

The hospital welcomed four new graduate midwives to the team as part of their caseload program. 

Castle Hill resident and expecting mum Jessica Bracey said she was thrilled to be part of the program.

"It’s so handy, I’ve loved it so far,” Ms Bracey said. 

“I like the fact that I am going to have the same person throughout the whole process. It’s my first child so I don’t know what to expect but I would definitely like a familiar face.”

The caseload program allows the same midwife to provide support throughout a woman’s pregnancy and birth, and in the early postnatal period. It is for mums expecting a natural birth.

Graduate midwife Kate Pendlebury said the program provided consistency and flexibility working with their patient’s schedule and location.

“It’s great because you get to see the fruition of the pregnancy but also help someone you’ve built a relationship with,” Ms Pendlebury said.

The popularity of the program sparked the hospital to recruit new midwives.

“Women who receive care from a primary midwife are more likely to have a positive childbirth experience,” midwifery unit manager Carolyn Tranter said.

“The relationship that is established between a woman and her midwife can build a woman’s self-confidence and reduce anxiety.”

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