Pregnant women in Wanaka received some good news this week with the announcement that two midwives would be available at all times.
Lisa Gestro, Executive Director, Strategy, Primary and Community, Southern DHB announced yesterday morning, “We are very pleased to have made substantive progress to primary maternity services in the Wanaka area. A second full-time LMC midwife has started practice based in Wanaka as of November 1, and a relief midwifery service – comprised of roster of three midwives – has also been established to provide weekend back-up coverage. These steps ensure there are two midwives available at all times to support new and expectant mothers in the Wanaka area.”
Deb Harvey of Wanaka Midwives said this is good progress and that she was “delighted” to welcome Peta Hosking on to the team. Hosking is an experienced midwife with previous experience throughout the region and will be “a valuable asset to pregnant women in Wanaka”.
The DHB also announced that a “monthly telehealth clinic also commenced on October 28, connecting midwives and expectant mothers in need of additional support with an obstetrician at Dunedin Hospital.”
Deb Harvey believes this is absolutely fantastic for Wanaka women who previously had to travel to Dunedin for a 10-minute consultation with an obstetrician if they were having any complications.
“This is a huge thing for Wanaka.”
Whilst issues of pay are still on the negotiating table, Harvey believes these are steps in the right direction although does look forward to a system that is more robust and also for the establishment of a Maternal and Child Hub, something that the Southern DHB said it is “continuing to work on”.