The Community Midwifery Program currently employs 12 midwives, each highly committed and experienced working in both hospital and community settings. As with all midwives, they are specialists in 'normal' pregnancy and birth. They also share CMWA's philosophy of woman-centred care. CMP midwives are passionate about their work and committed to supporting women and their partners to take the responsibility of being well prepared for the experience of birth and parenthood.
In their clinical practice CMP midwives use the Australian College of Midwives' Consultation and Referral Guidelines along with local guidelines, policies and procedures specific to the CMP. These take into account the community context and ensure that any necessary transfers to hospital occur smoothly and in a timely manner. The well-managed transfer of a planned homebirth to hospital for additional care is also supported through the commitment made by families when signing the CMP Terms of Care agreements. These documents highlight the need for the clinical expertise of the midwife to be respected and acted upon.
The high levels of satisfaction reported by families who have used the CMP is attributed to the quality of attention and care that is provided during labour and birth, and which comes through the midwife and the woman having developed mutual respect and trust.
To meet our midwives and some of the women who have birthed on the program you are welcome to attend the Mums & Bubs & Midwives gathering on the first Tuesday of the month at Kalamunda, the first Wednesday of the month at North Fremantle and the first Thursday of the month at Joondalup. Pop in from 10.30am – 12.30 for a cup of tea and a chat.