To Louise, it's the hands that help nurture her growing family.
Our services in SA/NT
RFDS Midwives work collaboratively with doctors and tertiary hospitals to provide the finest care for pregnant women living in rural and remote areas.
Research reveals that geographical remoteness can affect babies’ risk of adverse perinatal outcomes. The RFDS Primary Health team works to bridge this gap by providing access to best practice maternity care to those living in rural and remote communities, including face-to-face and telehealth antenatal and postnatal services.
This reduces the need for extensive travel for routine pregnancy care, allowing women to remain with their families and businesses until travelling to their birthing hospital in the late stage of pregnancy.
To Kathleen and Maria, it's the professional and peer-to-peer support in the early days and weeks of motherhood.
Cowarie Station mothers Kathleen Waterman and Maria Madsen were among 16 parents participating in the inaugural RFDS Bush Babies program this year.
The program, developed by the RFDS Primary Health team in response to community feedback, connected RFDS community midwives via video conferencing with rural and remote women going through pregnancy and the first six months of motherhood.
The four-week program included professional input from South Australia’s Child & Family Health Service and covered topics such as sleep, breastfeeding, nutrition and developmental goals.
Bush Babies will be expanded in 2022.
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Caitlyn Keller works as a RFDS Midwife at Port Augusta Base.
"We provide care throughout pregnancy, then post-natally when the baby is born. There is then continued care with the babies and as they grow older, the children come in for a consult.
"It's really family-based care. You really get to know these families well."
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