Maternity services remain the same for privately insured mothers at GV Health
Published at: 08 May 2019
Goulburn Valley Health will continue to provide maternity services for women with private health insurance under the same model in place at the hospital.
News recently broke about the end of the postnatal care service at Shepparton Private Hospital from May 1.
After four decades providing extra support and education to new mothers, the decision was announced due to a national midwives shortage.
GV Health estimates the number of privately insured women giving birth at their hospital to be about 100 to 120 each year.
GV Health clinical operations executive director Donna Sherringham said there would be no impact on the service the hospital provided, but there may be an increase of women and babies in the maternity ward while the changes took place.
She also said women with private health insurance would still have access to ante-natal clinics and birthing care, including a choice of doctor for less complex pregnancies and births.
‘‘GV Health will be able to facilitate mothers with private health insurance staying longer in the maternity ward and will always do what is best for both mother and baby,’’ Ms Sherringham said.
‘‘While women with private health insurance have previously been transferred to Shepparton Private Hospital following the birth of their baby, new mothers and their babies will be able to stay at GV Health until they are ready to go home.’’
Ms Sherringham said GV Health would also be able to offer lactation support on the ward and follow-up care at home through the domiciliary midwife support service following discharge.
As per current practice, she said the hospital would offer private rooms when possible.
‘‘This is dependent on available capacity in the maternity ward at the time,’’ she said.
Ms Sherringham confirmed the shortage of midwives on a national and international scale.
‘‘We have a multi-pronged approach where we have taken on undergraduate and postgraduate midwives in a teaching capacity, while we are continually working on recruitment and retention rates here at the health service,’’ she said.