Women having care provided by the KemKem Yanga Midwifery Group Practice (MGP) model of care identify or their baby identifies as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander. Their care is provided by a known midwife who works with one or more backup midwives to provide care from early in pregnancy, throughout labour and birth, and for up to six weeks after birth. MGP midwives work closely with obstetricians and other health care professionals, allowing the team to care for pregnant women regardless of their pregnancy risk or the complexity of their care.
If all is well following birth, discharge can happen between six and 24-hours post birth or 72 hours following caesarean.
Following birth, postnatal and newborn care is provided in the community, usually in the woman’s home for up to six weeks.
Women can receive care from the KemKem Yanga MGP regardless of their pregnancy risk. Pregnancy risk is based on medical conditions that impact on the pregnancy. Medical complications can be present prior to pregnancy or arise during pregnancy. Women receiving care from the KemKem Yanga MGP give birth at Mackay Base Hospital birth suites with access to medical equipment and staff.
How do I access KemKem Yanga MGP?
It is important to see your GP early in your pregnancy (within the first 10 weeks) to confirm the pregnancy and to start your pregnancy care. Your GP will also create a referral to Mackay Base Hospital as well as arrange pregnancy screening and blood tests.
A midwife from KemKem Yanga will contact you after your referral has been received by the Women’s and Children’s Clinic at Mackay Base Hospital. In the meantime, continue your early pregnancy care with your GP.
If you haven’t been contacted by the MGP by 14 – 16 weeks you should arrange a booking-in appointment with Mackay Base Hospital’s Women’s and Children’s Clinic by phoning 4885 7200.