Doors open at Refugee Maternity Clinic

Thursday, 13 November 2008

On 13 November 2008, Mater Mothers’ Hospitals launched a new Refugee Maternity Clinic in response to a growing, unmet community need.

The clinic provides specialised health services and general pregnancy support to women of a refugee background who will give birth at Mater.

The number of women from a refugee background birthing at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals has steadily increased in recent years—approximately 150 women in 2007 to 208 women in 2008.

The Refugee Maternity Clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team including a lead obstetrician, dedicated midwife, social worker and interpreter. The clinic’s make-up and mode of service delivery is based on a best practice model to deliver appropriate health care, psycho-social support and resources for women.

In many cases pregnant women of a refugee background have a range of pre-existing medical conditions, some of which have been shown to impact on maternal, fetal and neonatal health.

Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Director of Women’s Health Services Mish Hill said the clinic was an excellent example of Mater’s women- and family-centred approach to designing holistic antenatal clinics.

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    At the launch of the Refugee Maternity Clinic (L to R) Magdalena Kuyang, Jeniffer Petty, Jenny Ryan,The women of refugee-run catering business Mu'ooz serving authentic African cuisine

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