Community invited to have input into new birthing centre

Three women standing in a treatment room. The woman on the left is in nursing scrubs. The woman on the right is holding a newborn baby.
FSH midwife Emma Montgomery and Coordinator of Nursing – Women’s and Newborns Peta Fisher with new mum Claire and baby Molly
July 18, 2018

Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) is inviting local families to have their input into the planning of the new Family Birth Centre.

A community consultation session will be held on 4 August, in conjunction with the Health Consumers’ Council (HCC), to gather ideas as part of the initial planning stages for the new centre, which is expected to be open late 2019.

Interested people are encouraged to register (external site).

FSH Coordinator of Nursing – Women’s and Newborns, Peta Fisher, said the insight provided by women who attended this session would help inform fundamental aspects of the design.

“Finding out what the birthing woman really wants to meet her needs is a really important part of this process,” she said.

“Feedback on the physical environment including lighting, bath fixtures, cultural foods, soft furnishings, flexibility in the environment and privacy will form part of the consultation.

“We also want to know how women would like to be educated throughout their pregnancy journey, whether it is in group sessions or one-on-one with their midwife.

“If we can determine the non-negotiables for women interested in this service, we will be able to make the birthing centre really work for them.” 

The Family Birthing Centre will complement the maternity services already on offer at FSH.

The centre will be a midwifery-lead service, suitable for women with a low risk pregnancy, and will offer a more home-like experience with access to alternative remedies such as aromatherapy and hypnotherapy.

HCC Executive Director, Pip Brennan, said she was pleased to be working with FSH to ensure the voices of women in the area are heard.

“We look forward to the input, thoughts and suggestions on how to shape the look and feel of the service from women who are likely to use it, which forms an important part of Fiona Stanley Hospital’s planning process,” Pip said. 

“Out of this process we also hope to encourage more women of birthing age join the FSH Consumer Advisory Council to have ongoing input.”