See below for the QNU’s midwifery news:
International evidence continues to show the value of offering expectant mothers a choice when it comes to how their children should be born.
The problem of attracting and retaining skilled health workers was a key talking point at the first of several summits being held this year in a bid to boost regional and rural maternity services in southern Queensland.
Mothers of premature babies can now access life-saving breast milk with the launch of Queensland’s first public breast milk bank.
The precedent has been set: private practice midwives have access to a public hospital. Liz Wilkes is a private practice midwife who recently gained the ability to admit clients to Toowoomba Hospital as ‘patients’ during the birth.
For a number of years now, the QNU has worked through the Midwifery Reference Group to assist in developing policies and positions to advance midwifery in Queensland.
Some recent disputes highlight that Queensland Health midwives—in whatever model they work—must ensure their employer has provided all the BPF tools required to develop a service profile for each clinical unit/service.
The QNU have put plans on the table to broaden a trial which would give women greater confidence in choosing a private practice midwife to oversee their pregnancy.
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