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Left to right: Jessica Hampton, partner of Waqa Blake, with baby Zara; Natalie Apikotoa, partner of James Fisher-Harris, with baby Tahira; Purdy Watene-Zelezniak, partner of Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, with baby Orlando; Nadine Haggart, partner of Dylan Edwards; Nepean Hospital caseload midwife Leanne Mallard; Jade Grant, partner of Sione Katoa, with baby Credence; Brittney Tamou, partner of James Tamou, with Brooklyn, Barklay and Bronx

Nepean Hospital midwifery care for Panthers and their cubs

09 May 2018


Nepean Hospital caseload midwife Leanne Mallard takes supporting your local team to a whole new level. Considered to be the unofficial team midwife, Ms Mallard has become the midwife of choice for many expectant mums whose partners play for the Penrith Panthers.

Ms Mallard says she has enjoyed caring for the mums-to-be and getting a glimpse into their lives.

“They’re the women behind the men and they’ve given up a lot to support their guys in their career. To be able to support them back in a small way has just been a real pleasure,” Ms Mallard says.

The caseload midwifery program at Nepean Hospital sees the same midwife provide care and support for an expectant mother during pregnancy, birth and post-natally. Caseload midwifery care is provided in hospital and at the woman’s home.

“Because the caseload care is provided over such a long time, we really grow our relationship. The mothers feel safe and respected and listened to throughout their pregnancy,” explains Ms Mallard.


Purdy Watene-Zelezniak, pictured with husband Dallin and baby Orlando, was the first Panthers mum to be cared for by Ms Mallard

Expecting her fourth child with husband and Panthers prop, James Tamou, Brittney Tamou says her experience of the caseload program under the care of Ms Mallard has been wonderful.

“I’ve actually had Leanne come to my house. I’ve got three other kids under the age of four and it’s been great to have Leanne come to my house and do my appointments. She’s been fantastic. I’m very lucky.”

New mum Jessica Hampton, partner of Panthers centre Waqa Blake, says she has appreciated the support offered to her by Ms Mallard through the caseload program.

“I don’t have any family around me at the moment so Leanne was really helpful and almost like a second mum to me and she made me feel really comfortable,” says Ms Hampton.

Speaking about the Panthers women, Ms Mallard says, “They often leave families and friends to support their partner's career, so it’s a privilege to step into the gap and a joy to look after them.”

“Caseload is a satisfying model of care and a satisfying job. I love the continuity of care. I really love my job and I’ve made many friends over the years and had many women come back and back and back for babies,” Ms Mallard says.


Brittney Tamou and sons Brooklyn, Barklay and Bronx with Leanne Mallard