New one-stop clinic for pregnant women at Auburn Hospital

Midwife Yola Alhaje monitors the heartbeat of Kavya Susinthiran’s unborn child during a check-up in the new Auburn Maternity Assessment Clinic.

Pregnant women are better prepared to give birth thanks to the launch of a redesigned antenatal clinic service at Auburn Hospital last week.

The Auburn Maternity Assessment Clinic (AMAC) is a service which was previously known as the Day Assessment Unit and was provided out of the busy Outpatient Clinic department on level two.

Following a recent collaborative redesign of the service, which included midwifery, medical, clerical staff and consumers, the clinic has been renamed and relocated adjacent to the Birthing Unit on level three.

Midwife Brendan Williams with the first patient of the new clinic, Eunyoung Kim.

This service provides a ‘one-stop-shop’, women-centred service throughout pregnancy for antenatal care and treatments beyond routine check-ups.

Auburn resident Kavya Susinthiran was 35 weeks pregnant with her first child when she was among the first women to experience the new AMAC model, for a routine check on her baby’s heartbeat.

“It was a good experience. The midwives here are awesome, they take care and listen to me,” Kavya said.

“I have no fear. I’m just excited to have my baby here at Auburn Hospital.”

Auburn Hospital midwives celebrate the launch of the new clinic.

Clinical midwifery consultant Helen Mou said the clinic was designed to reduce wait times for care such as foetal heart monitoring and iron infusions.

“Providing a dedicated space for these appointments is one way we’re working to improve patient flow and ensure mums receive prompt care during pregnancy,” Helen said.

“We endeavour to work toward clinical excellence and continue to improve our services in alignment with the District’s strategic priorities.”

Midwife Yola Alhaje was running the clinic for the first few days and said the feedback from the mothers was excellent.

“The clinic means women can be seen quicker and go home sooner, which is especially important for those who already have children and need to arrange childcare for their appointments,” Yola said.