GETTING MIDWIVES BACK INTO PRACTICE

ACM is pleased to partner with WA Health to support midwives seeking to re-enter the workforce and commends WA Health on their initiative to invest in midwives.

Worldwide data demonstrates that an investment in midwives is a cost-effective approach to improving health outcomes for women and babies and the key to achieving reductions in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Midwives are experts in pregnancy and normal birth and integral to the delivery of quality maternity services that promote health and wellbeing through pregnancy and birth.

Australian College of Midwives Principal Midwifery Officer Kellie Wilton said, “WA Health’s commitment to maintaining a strong midwifery workforce is an investment for future Western Australian families.  By increasing workforce capacity, you can increase access to gold standard models of care.  Women who receive continuity of care from a known midwife are more likely to have a normal birth, breastfeed their babies and cost the health system less. Their babies are more likely to be born healthy and at term.”

Midwives in WA who are looking to return to the workforce will be supported by the WA Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office, through a full scholarship to complete ACM’s online, self-paced Refresher Program. The program delivers 41 hours of learning across core modules including Antenatal Care, Labour and Birth, Epidural and Spinal Analgesia, Neonatal Resuscitation, Postnatal Care and Supporting Women to Breastfeed. This program, coupled with supervised practice offered by WA Health, will mobilise a job-ready workforce of midwives.