Community Midwifery Program opens in Joondalup

Community Midwifery Program Midwives
CMP midwives at the opening
November 29, 2018

Our Joondalup Community Midwifery Program (CMP) officially opened yesterday, giving women greater pregnancy care options in their local community.

Established in 1996, the Community Midwifery Program is the only publically-funded home birth program of its kind in Australia and provides more than 400 women per year with community based, midwifery-led care for low-risk women.

Situated in the Lakeside Joondalup Shopping Centre the clinic has an external facing entrance and easy access to parking.

CMP Manager Dawn Hudd said she was excited to bring Community Midwifery to the northern suburbs.

 “We are all very excited to be able to deliver our services in Joondalup,” she said.

 “We believe our location here will not only provide our women with easier access to appointments and education classes, but it will also give us a greater exposure in the northern suburbs as a really viable pregnancy care option.”

The Community Midwifery Program offers the options of birthing at the Family Birth Centre, in stand-alone birthing rooms or at a public hospital with a known midwife, with a team of 14 midwives providing services from three clinics in Joondalup, Kalamunda and Cockburn.

The new dedicated community clinic will provide pregnancy health services for women throughout the course of their antenatal, home or hospital birth and postnatal period and can also include parent education classes and lactation support.

Women who choose to use these services will have access to the same quality of care they would receive in a hospital environment, with the added bonus of a more personalised relationship with their allocated midwife.

The CMP operates under the governance of King Edward Memorial Hospital yet continues to maintain successful collaborative relationships with clinicians throughout the Perth metropolitan area. Under the program, midwives and women are able to access several public hospitals - so if a transfer becomes necessary, care remains seamless.