Saturday, June 23, 2012

New Pricing Level for MIGA Insurance

MIGA have announced a new pricing level for midwifery indemnity insurance. This price level was created in response to midwives requesting a lower premium for part time practices. While the premium is still out of the reach of midwives only attending a few women a year - it does make the product more affordable. 

The next step will be to see if they change the way they calculate the premium which is currently based on a 'per woman' basis. At the moment if I see one woman from the beginning of pregnancy through to 6 weeks after the birth - that woman is counted as one but if I see one woman for one postnatal visit (for example) - that woman is also counted as one. So 40 postnatal visits would be counted as 40 woman and the maximum premium needs to be paid. The way the Department of Health and Aging set the way insurance is structured for midwives doesn't reflect the way midwives work.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Protein Matters in Pregnancy and Lactation

Protein is an essential macro-nutrient, from the protein, fat and carbohydrate family. While protein is required by everyone for optimal health, even more so during pregnancy and lactation, protein matters.

Made up of amino acids, protein forms the building blocks of your body's cells and that of your baby. The need for protein increases during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy, when your baby is growing at a rapid rate.

Similarly, while breastfeeding your body’s demand for protein is 20 per cent higher than when not pregnant or lactating. Protein is essential for the production of breast milk to nourish your growing baby. How well you eat during and after pregnancy will directly impact your health and that of your baby.

Improving your diet for pregnancy and beyond

Eating a healthy diet on a daily basis can be confusing at the best of times, but even more so in pregnancy. Faced with a mountain of advice and opinions on what to eat and what not to eat during pregnancy and breastfeeding, deciding what nutritional choices to make can be overwhelming. Depending on what you regularly ate before pregnancy, you may need to make changes and nutritional supplements may also be required.

The natural alternative

As your nutritional requirements dramatically increase during pregnancy, you may look for ways to improve your diet simply and easily, without the aid of vitamin tablets. While researching protein powders and nutritional supplements I came across 180 Natural Protein Superfood. Developed by Guy Lawrence with the help of a nutritionist, 180 Natural Protein Superfood is made from natural, organic and raw ingredients.

Many of the current protein powders and nutritional supplements on the market contain sugar, preservatives and synthetic chemicals which are definite no nos in pregnancy and lactation. Containing nothing but the highest quality whey protein isolate, and nutrient dense, chemical free, home grown raw ingredients, 180 Natural Protein Superfood makes for the ideal healthy addition to your diet.

Using 180 Natural Protein Superfood

The perfect way to use 180 Natural Protein Superfood is in a smoothie at breakfast time. Simply add your favourite fruit and blend. This nutritional breakfast can be prepared in less than 2 minutes and also makes a great snack during the day. You can use 180 Natural Protein Superfood in lots of ways and there are dozens of healthy recipes for you to choose from.
Find out more

If you would like to learn more 180 Natural Protein Superfood visit 180 Natural Protein's website.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Have you experienced a third or forth degree tear?

If so, I would love to hear your story. Your experience following a third or fourth degree perineal tear following the birth of your baby or babies, will help with research so we can assess how the health care system can best care for all women who experience this complication following childbirth.

For further information please contact Holly Priddis (Midwife, PhD Candidate and Researcher) via email or phone/text 0438 731 816.

Birth Stories Competition

We are excited to announce Pregnancy Birth and Beyond's 'Birth Stories Competition'. Everyone loves reading birth stories, stories about fast labours, slow labours, wonderful stories, sad stories, births at home, hospital or birth centre. We'd like you to send us your story. If you have photos of your labour, birth, baby or the new family that help illustrate your story we'd love to receive those as well. The best three birth stories will receive the prize. Selected birth stories will be published on this website.

We have three copies of this gorgeous keepsake for Australian children, the Limited Edition, Heritage Presentation of Animal Tales Series by Susan Hall and illustrations by Ben Guy to give away. The boxed set contains 4 individual hard cover books, 52 pages each. The National Library of Australia Publishing (NLA Publishing) is offering this highly successful Animal Tales series as a limited edition heritage presentation. A gorgeous keepsake for Australian babies and children!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Supporting women in Public Hospitals after a homebirth transfer

This last fortnight has been quite stressful. It started with a report that a midwife had been reported for supporting a women in hospital who she gave a hot pack. The charge was she'd been practising midwifery without insurance. Then came a communication from MIGA (the insurance company) essentially saying that if a midwife stayed with a women after she transferred to hospital they would be in breach of their registration. This was shortly followed by a communication from the Australian College of Midwives basically saying the same thing. Yesterday sanity prevailed - Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency released a document clarifying this issue. You can find the official documentation on this page of AHPRAs website. Yes we can stay with a women who is admitted as a public patient as a support person. However the question of what constitutes midwifery care remains.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

First baby to be born at Orange Aboriginal Birth Centre

I had the pleasure of visiting Murundhu dharaa birthing centre at Orange last month. It is a wonderful facility. Here is a news report of their first birth at the centre.

Friday, July 29, 2011

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