Mater working to improve outcomes for Indigenous mums and babies

Mater working to improve outcomes for Indigenous mums and babies

The Birthing in our Community Program which addresses the gap in maternity and birthing outcomes experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in South East Queensland, has doubled the number of women who are able to access the program.

The Birthing in our Community Program is a joint initiative between Mater Mothers’ Hospital, the Institute for Urban Indigenous Health and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Services Brisbane and operates from the newly opened Salisbury Mums & Bubs Hub.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who are booked to birth at Mater are supported with a culturally appropriate pregnancy care model that gives them access to their own midwife and family support worker for the duration of their pregnancy and at their birth.

Evaluation has shown that program participants experience significantly improved outcomes relating to the care they access throughout their pregnancy, baby’s birth weight, rates of premature birth, breastfeeding and smoking.

As well as providing a base for the Program, the Hub provides women and their babies with access to services including a visiting paediatrician, speech therapy, an ENT specialist, a women’s health GP and psychological services.

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