Greens NSW Health spokesperson, Dawn Walker has called on the State Government to allocate additional funds to expand the Wollongong Hospital midwifery program following revelations that seven out of ten Illawarra women are being turned away from the service.
"It's clear that the midwifery practice operating out of Wollongong Hospital is one of the most sought-after birthing services in the Illawarra, with demand for this program far outstripping its capacity" said Greens MP, Dawn Walker.
"This low-intervention style birthing service is highly regarded as a best-practice model that allows for continuity of care, with women paired with a primary midwife for their whole pregnancy.
"Despite the obvious and growing demand for low-intervention birthing services in the Illawarra, this Government has yet failed to allocate any extra funds to expand the Midwifery Practice Group in Wollongong.
"There is a real and systemic underfunding of women's health and birthing services throughout the NSW. From Murwillumbah to Tamworth and the Blue Mountains, these sort of maternity care models are being undermined and attempted to be closed down by this out-of-touch Liberal-National State Government, despite the popularity of these programs from pregnant women and their families.
"The women of the Illawarra should be able to have decent access to this low-intervention birthing service. I'll be raising this issue in the NSW Parliament and pressuring the Government to start listening to families in the Illawarra and stump up the funds to properly resource and expand this vital maternity program.
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