Auburn takes baby steps to improve care for mums and bubs

Auburn Hospital midwife Helen Mou (right) is one of the redesign project leads.

Pregnant women will soon have faster access to safe, high quality care at Auburn Hospital thanks to a redesign project in the outpatient antenatal service.

The redesign project, named ‘Baby Steps’, is looking to improve the overall experience for women and their families by working with staff, GP’s, patients and consumer representatives to make changes to maternity bookings, referrals, triage and scheduling.

The project aims to give mums earlier and faster access to the antenatal service.

Demand for antenatal care continues to rise as Auburn’s population grows by about 2,500 people a year.

Most pregnant women currently attending Auburn Hospital begin their antenatal care in the second trimester, which is not best practice.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recommends antenatal care begins in the first trimester. Factors such as lack of awareness play a part.

Auburn Hospital midwife and project lead Helen Mou said patients and staff can expect to see the team around for the rest of the year as they gather information.

The Baby Steps model is expected to be introduced late this year and continue through 2020. It is a partnership between Auburn Hospital, WSLHD Innovation & Redesign and the Agency for Clinical Innovation.

“We need to get feedback from as many people as possible about their experience, so if you see us around then please feel free to come and say hello,” Helen said.

“You can also let us know if you don’t want to be involved in the project.”

For more information about the project, call 0447 302 513 or email Helen.Mou@health.nsw.gov.au.