Midwives put classes online for mums-to-be
A TOOWOOMBA-trained midwife is reaching out to isolated mums-to-be by offering online antenatal education.
University of Southern Queensland nursing graduate Zoe Ryan has teamed up with two fellow midwives to launch the website BornOnline.
The online educational tool provides antenatal classes to women who can't ordinarily attend their local hospital.
"As midwives we notice that women who have had antenatal education manage the birth so much better," Ms Ryan said.
"They are more prepared for the journey ahead and go into labour with a positive outlook.
"But unfortunately with lack of maternity services and in particular midwives in all of Australia there are limited positions for women to attend antenatal classes at their local hospital.
"This leaves the women with no antenatal education or having to pay expensive one-day classes with a private midwife.
"My idea of having the antenatal classes online came about when I thought 'if this is happening in cities, it must be worse in the country' and it was from there that BornOnline was born."
The website was launched on May 1 and already has garnered international interest.