Giving the Gift of Safe Birth, Dignity and Joy
In Australia, welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting and wonderful experience. However, that’s not the case for women in some parts of the world.
For many women in poor or remote regions of the world, childbirth can literally be a matter of life or death. They can experience prolonged, unsupervised labours which can result in the loss of the baby and horrific injuries to the mother, including Obstetric Fistula.
In partnership with the Barbara May Foundation, Epworth Obstetrician and Gynacologist, Dr Samantha Hargreaves, and Neo-Natal specialist, Dr Lisa Fox, have seen the differences first-hand and are working hard to make a difference. They’ve both spent time working at the Vision Maternity Care (VMC) where they assisted the hospital with the day-to-day operational activities and provided valuable training to the midwives and Dr Birhanu Menber.
“It is clear that the hospital’s popularity is increasing and I suspect it will only get busier. Much of what we were asking of the staff does mean more work for them and it is likely that more midwives will need to be employed. I am absolutely amazed at what they have been able to achieve since 2012 and firmly believe their dedication and passion is behind the success. While it was not always easy, it was a privilege to work beside the VMC team and I hope they learned as much from Lisa and I as we learned from them.”
- Dr Lisa and Sam
With the rates of mental illness on the rise in Australia, particularly in young people, we decided to open up the can of worms and speak to clinical psychologist, Hannah Hawkes, about the elephant in the room.
“A full MRI licence at Epworth Geelong means that patients will no longer compromise on health outcomes based on affordability.”
A record number of graduate nurses and midwives are set to join the Epworth team in February and March this year, for an exciting opportunity to consolidate their theoretical and clinical skills.
Tummy aches can be extremely common in young children. Some are mild and non threatening, others need to be taken more seriously. Here we will run through a few different concerns and how best to handle the pain for your little one.
When your child injures themselves and bleeding is involved it can be scary for everyone. Knowing exactly what to do and when you should be seeking medical attention, can help to take some of the stress out of the situation.