Birth support aids rural families
NEW mums in rural regions of south-west Queensland like Lindsey Denny can rest assured they won’t miss out on quality care despite Allora having no doctor, as a new service is now available.
“I have gone through the public system and this is just a little more personal and in-depth,” Mrs Denny said.
Midwife Rebecca Denny and Childbirth Educator Makayla McIntosh have teamed up to offer child birth education and pos-tnatal support to Toowoomba and regional areas, Birth Ready Baby Ready.
“We are happy to travel to rural areas like Stanthorpe and even Roma, wher- ever it takes so rural couples don’t miss out on child-birth education,” Rebecca Denny said.
Lindsey Denny said courses previously available were only offered at times that do not suit a lot of couples. Often they fell in the middle of the day, late at night and with no weekends.
“It’s nice to know you have a bit of support and it’s not too far away,” she said.
Rebecca said people who have to travel from areas like Allora to have their baby in Toowoomba don’t really get enough post-natal support.
“Couples from rural areas end up out on their own after they give birth,” she said.
“Makayla and I are both heavily involved in the birthing world. There are limited choices with birth service and postnatal needs.
“We are both very passionate about the needs of women and making birth special.”
The course is designed around the special needs of the women and their partners, with only small groups where they can be more personal with the parents-to-be.
The service has been 18 months in the making and they began offering the service officially in January.
“We are in the process of seeing rural general practitioners, chiropractors and generally medical workers who see pregnant woman to let them know we are available,” Rebecca said.
“If demand is enough we will definitely do this in rural areas.”
With Allora’s current doctor crisis and other surrounding areas, Rebecca is keen to work with pregnant mums in the area to offer them more support.
“With the lack of medical support in Allora our service provides care, support and advice with antenatal and postnatal services,” she said.
Rebecca said a lot of current participants were excited, especially the soon-to-be-dads as they provide plenty of information to help with parenting and the birthing experience.
Courses are being held monthly, but other times are available to suit. Enquiries to 0427 323 621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org