Family birthing centre for Fiona Stanley Hospital

Family birthing centre for Fiona Stanley Hospital

In a first for families in the south metropolitan catchment, expectant mothers will have access to midwifery led care through their antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods at a specialised family birthing centre.

The $1.8 million in funding provided, as part of the 2018-19 State Budget, is fulfilling the McGowan Labor Government’s election promise for a family birth centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH).

During what is one of the longest baby booms in the State’s history, the centre will complement the hospital’s service through the large number of births it will help to deliver, by providing care to women with low-risk pregnancies to have a more home-like birthing experience.

Being co-located with Fiona Stanley Hospital, which has a birth suite and a neonatal intensive care unit, will enable swifter access to a higher level of care should complications during pregnancy or birth develop.

The Family Birth Centre will be established within the existing maternity ward area and will include four birth and postnatal rooms and a family room/kitchen area, with work on the facility expected to commence in the latter half of 2019.

Through the new Family Birth Centre, patients will be able to see the same group of midwives for the majority of antenatal check-ups, and a familiar midwife/group of midwives will also be present for the birth and involved in postnatal care in hospital and at home.

A Midwifery Group Practice will be established to rollout this model of care, which has proven to achieve better outcomes and satisfaction from mothers. It is expected that 160 mothers will be seen at the Family Birth Centre in its first year of operation.

Women will need to meet the clinical criteria for a low-risk pregnancy before they are offered the Family Birth Centre model of care.

Member for Fremantle and Minister for Women’s Interests, Simone McGurk, commented, “I can’t think of a bigger and more important life event than the birth of a child.”

“This should not only be in a relaxed environment with family and carers around you, but also mum-to-be should have the comfort of knowing that she and baby will be given world-class tertiary health care should it be needed.  Fiona Stanley Hospital’s Family Birth Centre ticks both of these boxes.”