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Nepean caseload midwife Cindy Partridge (left) with new mother Kiara Duncan and her son, Luca.

Celebrating a decade of caseload midwifery care

05 Mar 2020

 

Nepean Hospital’s caseload midwifery program turns 10 this year, with midwives and families alike set to celebrate a decade of this special program which has given so much to local families and its close-knit team of caseload midwives.

The caseload model of midwifery care sees women cared for and supported by the same midwife for the duration of their pregnancy, birth and early postnatal journey. This continuum of care establishes a trusting, familiar and supportive relationship between mother and midwife.

The caseload program began at Nepean Hospital in 2010 with four midwives and has now grown to include 12 midwives who provide caseload midwifery care in hospital and at the mother’s home. Each caseload midwife cares for 40 women a year, with 480 expectant mothers receiving care through the program each year.

Over the past decade, the program has seen more than 3,250 babies born under the care and expertise of the Nepean caseload midwives.

For Cindy Partridge, receiving the care of a caseload midwife during her two pregnancies was life-changing. Inspired to pursue a career change following her own experience of the program as an expectant mother, Cindy is now herself a Nepean caseload midwife.

“Being an expectant mother on the caseload program, I saw the impact caseload midwifery could have on a family and I thought ‘I’d like to be involved in that’. I wanted to give to others what I was given,” says Cindy.

Cindy describes the program as an opportunity to work with a whole family and support them for the length of their antenatal and early postnatal journey. She treasures the special bonds she forms with mothers and their families through caseload midwifery care.

“There’s a warmth to the relationship a woman has with her caseload midwife. It’s a really special bond and for a mum, it’s something you carry with you for a long time and you’re left with positive memories,” Cindy says.