Dalby Hospital is making available a two-bedroom, fully furnished unit to expecting women and their families. The unit is available to women who have to travel to Dalby for the birth of their baby.
Darling Downs Health, Western Cluster Midwifery Unit Manager, Jacky Eales said the unit gave women the option of having a place to stay prior to birth.
“Some women can have a level of anxiety associated with the birth of their baby, especially if they are located a distance out of town,” Ms Eales said. “Sometimes women may experience ‘niggles’, which can go for days, prior to labour starting. We can now offer them a comfortable place to stay and relax before they need to come in to the hospital.”
The unit can also be utilised by women and their families for the first few days after their new baby arrives. Executive Director Rural Joanne Shaw said the unit was the first step towards creating more holistic care for women right across the Western Downs.
“Women from across the Western Downs have told us that they want more support before and after their baby arrives,” Ms Shaw said. “We’ve listened to our communities and look forward to supporting more women and their families as they welcome their babies into the world.”
The unit is located a short distance from the hospital. Women will have the option of either receiving home visits from midwives, if available, or travelling to the hospital for antenatal or postnatal check-ups.
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