Case Study: Birthing Services

Karen Anstey initially commenced pre natal care for her first pregnancy as a shared care arrangement with William Angliss Hospital and her local GP. However once the resumption of birthing services at Seymour was extended to a seven days, 24hours per day service in February 2008, she decided to birth at Seymour Hospital.

During her pregnancy she attended the ante natal clinic as well as ante natal classes delivered on site in the evenings by our midwives.

Karen and her husband Rowan arrived at the hospital at 03:00 hours with Karen in established labour. ‘The closeness of the hospital to our home in Yea was much appreciated especially given the short labour’ they comment. Liam Grant Anstey was born at 06:24 hours weighing 3170 grams.

We couldn’t fault the service at all it was outstanding and we would recommend it to everyone – we have even relocated our family GP care to Seymour as a result of our experience

Mother and baby progressed well and remained in hospital for 3 days after Liam’s birth. Both Karen & Rowan expressed delight in ‘ the encouragement given at all times supporting natural childbirth’ as well as ‘ the genuine personal experience with friendly staff and having the GP obstetrician Dr Slutzkin call in 10 minutes after the birth to offer congratulations was lovely, actually we didn’t want to leave!’.

The domiciliary midwife service visited Karen and baby at home four days after discharge and due to the multiple roles our midwives perform it was the same midwife who conducted the ante natal classes who made this visit.

Image: Karen and Rowan Anstey, and their son Liam, with Midwife Julie Calderwood