Mum-to-be Beth Nevill, SCU midwifery student Cassie Nest and Professor Heather Hancock.
Mum-to-be Beth Nevill, SCU midwifery student Cassie Nest and Professor Heather Hancock.

Extra help for expectant mums

Southern Cross University is looking to link midwifery students with expectant mums to provide an extra support person through their pregnancy.

Associate Professor of Midwifery Heather Hancock said the students would supplement the usual care available to women in their pregnancy as part of the Midwifery Continuity with Women strand of their studies.

They are looking for women who are less than 36 weeks pregnant and the students would be present at antenatal and postnatal appointments, as well as at the birth if the woman permits.

“The care normally offered to women in pregnancy is not affected or altered in any way; it simply means there is another person there who they know and are familiar with, to support them,” Professor Hancock said. “The student does not take over the woman’s care, but is part of the experience – which can be a comfort for the many women who, due to the current healthcare system, may see a different person every time they attend for checkups.”

Women from an Aboriginal background are encouraged to apply. Phone 0458 789 557 or email continuity@scu.edu.au


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