Family birthing centre to provide midwifery led care

Three people seated in a hospital room – two women and a man holding a new born baby. One woman is wearing a robe.
State Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk and the Minister for Health Roger Cook visit new mum Kimberly Dunstan and baby Isla Biliczka at FSH on Sunday after the announcement of the Family Birth Centre.
May 14, 2018

In a first for the south metropolitan region, expectant mothers will have access to midwifery led care through their antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal periods at a specialised family birthing centre.

The family birth centre will be established within the existing maternity ward at Fiona Stanley Hospital with $1.8 million in funding from the State Government to refurbish the rooms.

The centre  will include four birth rooms and a family room/kitchen area, with work on the facility expected to commence in the latter half of 2019.

Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group Executive Director Janet Zagari said the centre would complement the hospital’s existing maternity service.

“The family birth centre will be for women with low-risk pregnancies and will enable them to have continuity of care with the same group of midwives throughout their pregnancy, birth and postnatal at-home care,” Ms Zagari said.

“We estimate 160 women will use this service in the first year and will meet a demand for a more home-like birth experience for women and their families in the south metropolitan area.”

Read the Minister for Health’s announcement about the latest round of funding (external site).