Bunbury midwifery group top in WA

Excellence rewarded: Megan VanBallegooyen, Jo Melai, Christina Mawby, Fiona Flett, Elisha Spalding, Renae Sharpe and Lindsey Stirling. Photo: Supplied.
Excellence rewarded: Megan VanBallegooyen, Jo Melai, Christina Mawby, Fiona Flett, Elisha Spalding, Renae Sharpe and Lindsey Stirling. Photo: Supplied.

The Bunbury Midwifery Group Practice was recently named the winner of the inaugural Excellence in Person Centred Care - Team Award in this year's WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards.

Since it began in 2012, the group has cared for and supported local women to birth more than 600 babies including five sets of twins, more than 90 publicly funded home births, 75 water births and over 33 births after caesarean section births.

WA Country Health Service Nursing and Midwifery executive director Marie Baxter welcomed the win.

"WA Country Health's Bunbury Midwifery Group Practice has led the way in WA with midwifery care," she said.

"Other health services have followed their lead, which is a testament to the model they have implemented.

"This team will pursue any opportunities to enhance maternity care while ensuring safe outcomes for mums and babies."

The group has reduced the average length of stay for mothers and babies at Bunbury Hospital with extensive postnatal home visiting for up to four weeks post birth.

The team has supported women to have a voice and the right to choice despite some women experiencing extremely complex and complicated pregnancies, as well as supporting women with significant social or mental health challenges.

The group is also the only publicly funded maternity care model outside of Perth to support eligible women in their choice of birthing at home with a known midwife.