M’bah countdown to birthing unit re-opening
EXPECTANT Tweed mothers are counting down the days to the re-opening of the Murwillumbah Hospital birthing unit next Monday, October 19.
Midwives will deliver babies under the continuity of care model at the hospital after a strong community campaign called for the service to be reinstated following its closure in June.
It means Tweed Shire mothers like Kim Cotelli, from Banora Point, will have ante-natal, birth and post-natal care by the same midwife at Murwillumbah.
"I am so happy - really, really, happy about it," Ms Cotelli said.
"I had my second child at Gold Coast Hospital.
"It was so busy, every time I came in I saw someone different and on the night she was born there were 28 babies in the ward.
"It felt like (the staff) had no time to listen to me."
Ms Cotelli has booked doula Kyla Golds from Murwillumbah to assist her with the birth.
Ms Golds, a Tweed-Gold Coast paramedic for nine years, provides education on birth choices, partner support, massage during labour, help with breastfeeding, cooking and cleaning after birth.
The mother-of-three was inspired to work with women after her second daughter, Airlie, now two, was born 10 weeks premature and she needed more support.
She took a 22-week Doula College course in Brisbane before opening Dream Journeys and will have an opening for mothers from January 2016, after Ms Cotelli has her baby.
"I don't usually promote that I am a paramedic, although it helps to have extensive medical knowledge because I can understand what the hospital is saying and can recognise when it's not going to plan."
She has teamed up with Tumbulgum artist Lou Wyborn to create unique colouring books for women in labour which aim to subliminally encourage labour.
Maternity Choices spokeswoman Sally Cusack said the community was relieved the service had been reinstated but disappointed women requiring a C-section birth would still have to go to Tweed Hospital.
You can self-refer to the Tweed Valley Service by calling 02 6672 0108.