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Summer welcomes new midwives for Thames

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Waikato DHB’s Thames Birthing Unit is excited to introduce four new midwives to the district so there are now more LMCs (Lead Maternity Carers) to look after expecting mums.

The new faces are Carey Aburn and Sheryl Wright from Moehau Midwives, plus Liana Doherty and Hannah Abraham.

Last year, the Thames/Coromandel area was facing a serious shortage of midwives, leaving many women unable to find one.

On average there are between 100-120 births each year in the district.

In response to this, Thames Birthing Unit employed a caseload team and introduced a new rural midwifery programme to allow and support graduates to do their First Year of Practice and build experience in the area.

As a result this year, Thames had their first ever First Year of Practice graduate Liana Doherty join the team.

"Our first graduate programme’s been really successful," says charge midwife manager Louise Rowden. "Liana now has a case load and will be an LMC in the area.

"Liana’s really paved the way for future graduates in the Thames area, where traditionally it’s done at Waikato Hospital’s Women’s service."

In terms of the four new midwives to the area Louise also states: "We are so pleased to welcome all the new midwives to the community, and we’re still on the hunt for more to join our fantastic team.

"We (Waikato DHB’s Thames Birthing Unit) would like to thank our wonderful community for their support and understanding during the last year as we’ve worked hard to develop the new graduate programme and grow our midwifery team."

Are you expecting?

If you think you may be pregnant, contact an LMC. Details can be found on ‘find your midwife’ or by phoning the Thames Birthing Unit on 07-868 6009.

Waikato DHB has also created a new maternity section on its website that delivers reliable information to Waikato women and families:

It’s full of helpful and straightforward information about pregnancy and the maternity services available in the Waikato.

There is no need to see your GP in the first instance as midwives will order all tests required and prescribe appropriate antenatal supplements. If there is not an LMC available, then the Thames Birthing Unit’s case loading team will be able to provide care.

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