The Rosewood Clinic, which has been at its current location in building M on Monash Street since 2015, is the Goulburn Valley region’s hub for antenatal services from referral to birth. Smaller hospitals like Cobram and Numurkah offer antenatal services, with midwives and obstetricians available for consultation ensuring women in are able to attend appointments closer to home.
The team at Rosewood - which includes doctors, midwives, nurses and customer service officers – collaborate to ensure mothers have the best experience possible.
“We strive to provide a comfortable and safe environment for all women and their families,” said Bridget Hurley, Rosewood’s Antenatal Clinic Coordinator. “There are 1100 births at GV Health annually. We want to ensure everything goes well as mothers go through their pregnancy journey.”
A midwife for the last 11 years, Ms Hurley has been at the Rosewood Clinic for two years. Her role as clinical coordinator is to ensure the antenatal clinics are running smoothly for doctors, midwives and patients.
“We’re about making every one woman’s experience as good as possible,” said Ms Hurley. “Some can be here twice a week, and we do see them during an important time of their lives and develop relationships with them.”
Women’s Health Coordinator Elizabeth Jesser has been with the clinic for 18 months. She says the clinic caters to everyone from teenagers to older women, who all required unique, tailored approaches to care and services offering family planning.
“We’re very women oriented – we look after our mums in all aspects of their care,” she said. “We’re all very attentive and community oriented.”
Ms Jesser is particularly proud of the clinical environment at Rosewood, which includes a private garden area, a toy station for children and an overall sense of welcoming calm.
“It’s such a lovely space – it has an inviting feel, and is very homely,” she said. “It’s a huge improvement on the old facilities, which were separate prior to 2015.”
The Goulburn Valley region is a culturally diverse one, meaning that the Rosewood Clinic caters to mothers from a wide array of cultural backgrounds and beliefs.
“There’s always a level of discretion and confidentiality,” said Ms Hurley, who notes that the clinic strives to promote inclusivity and provides information sheets in a range of languages.
Ms Jesser, who is also cervical screening test/pap smear trained, says the clinic does everything it can to ensure choice and continuity of care for its patients. This includes having a culturally sensitive team of male and female gynaecologists and obstetricians on staff.
“In antenatal we do our very best to offer those options,” she said. “When it comes to birth we obviously can’t make any promises. We actually don’t see a lot of the outcomes of our work, because ironically the births take place over in the main building!”
The Rosewood Clinic is also a teaching facility, offering graduating nurses and midwives the opportunity to hone their skills in a clinical setting.
GV Health’s student midwives and nurses and students from LaTrobe University come to the clinic during their studies and do placements as part of their training, sitting with the team.
“We provide a good education service for future nurses and midwives,” said Ms Hurley. “They do abdominal palpitations, cardiotocography and so on. Women have the option not to have students in the room, of course.”
The Women’s Health precinct offers women access to the full range of obstetric, antenatal - low and high risk pregnancies - and gynaecology services, as well as midwifery group practice.
It includes a Maternal and Foetal Assessment unit (MAFA), family planning and colposcopy services.
The range of services available at Rosewood demonstrate GV Health’s commitment to creating a supportive environment which promotes the health and well-being of all mothers and babies, helping them to thrive.
“There are always so many good news stories here,” said Ms Hurley. “So many wonderful things happen during a woman’s pregnancy experience at Rosewood that it’s hard to think of just one.”