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two midwives with an infant

At Macksville Maternity Unit, Renee Perks (Midwife), with new mum Kacy Spear and baby Lenny.

Baby boom at Macksville Hospital

Aug 30, 2022

Macksville District Hospital celebrated a boom in babies being delivered last month.

Births more than doubled at the health campus compared to previous months, partly attributed to the new model of midwifery care for low-risk pregnancies and state-of-the-art facilities.

Macksville Midwifery Group Practice (MMGP) Maternity Unit Manager Connie Greenwood said the team provides care for women at Macksville or Coffs Harbour health campuses with approximately 60 women birthing locally in Macksville since the start of the program.

“The model of maternity care is the envy of rural and regional centres in NSW, researched as the gold standard and best quality practice,” Ms Greenwood said.

Mums-to-be can connect with the same midwife over their perinatal period, receiving support through labour, birth and a short stay in hospital, then post-natal care and support at home.

New mum of baby Lenny, Kacy Spear said the flexibility of receiving care at home was the best for her and her family.

“After Lenny was born, it was great to be comfortable at home not long after and then we had follow-up phone calls, plus I’ve been able to message or call if I need any support,” the mother-of-three said.

“The new facilities were excellent, but I also enjoyed the flexibility of not having to get the other kids in the car, come into town for appointments and follow ups.”

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