Celebrating maternity services at GV Health this Women's Health Week
Published at: 06 Sep 2019
WOMEN'S HEALTH IS IN THE SPOTLIGHT THIS WEEK WITH SEPTEMBER 2–6 MARKING JEAN HAILES WOMEN'S HEALTH WEEK. THE WEEK IS DEDICATED TO ALL WOMEN ACROSS AUSTRALIA MAKING GOOD HEALTH A PRIORITY. AT GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH, ONE OF THE MOST HEAVILY POPULATED AREAS WITH FEMALE PATIENTS IS THE MATERNITY WARD. THE BUSY WARD SEES NEW MOTHERS, COMPLEX PREGNANCIES AND MUCH MORE.
On average, 1100 births take place at Goulburn Valley Health's maternity service each year.
GV Health Maternity Services Manager Carmel Brophy said they cared for women who were low risk but also cared for those deemed to be high risk.
“As a maternity service we commit to the highest standards of care where the patient always comes first,” she said.
“The doctors and midwives work collaboratively together and share the care of the woman depending on her clinical needs.”
Ms Brophy said local support services worked with GV Health to ensure mothers could stay in the local area.
“These services include lactation clinics and we do share care with antenatal clinics in Cobram, Numurkah and Rumbalara.
“We also work with young mums-to-be at the Bridge Youth Service.
“We also work with the diabetes team and have a perinatal emotional health support worker.”
Ms Brophy said the service offered all women and their newborns domiciliary midwife care (care at home) on discharge before Maternal Child Health became involved.
“Our special care nursery looks after babies from 32-weeks’ gestation so they don’t have to go to Melbourne for care,” she said.
Ms Brophy said there was also a Midwifery Group Practice that provided continuity of care for women who were at low risk.
Positive birth experience
After giving birth to her first child late last month, Lutfiye Amit had nothing but good things to say about her experience at Goulburn Valley Health.
She welcomed her baby girl Hayat Amit on August 28 at GV Health’s maternity ward.
“All the staff, doctors and everyone have been so fantastic,” she said.
Ms Amit first engaged with GV Health's services when pregnant, attending appointments at the Women's Health precinct Rosewood.
“I've had a really positive experience from Rosewood to the birth suite and through to the maternity ward,” she said.
“I couldn't fault the services.”
The Shepparton mum said it had been a nerve-wracking time for her given Hayat was her first pregnancy and birth.
And with a couple of hiccups throughout birth, Ms Amit said the staff made her feel safe the entire time.
“It's pretty scary in emergency situations when you've got no idea what's going to happen,” she said.
“But I was safe and bub was safe the whole time.”
Ms Amit was also visited on the ward by Goulburn Valley Health lactation consultant Linda Gladman who introduced her to some of the support services for women after going home from the ward.
“The support is ongoing,” Ms Amit said.
“It's not all over after you leave with bub.”
INTRODUCING GV HEALTH’S NEW OBSTETRIC AND GYNAECOLOGY CONSULTANTS
DR KISHOR SINGH
Joining the team at GV Health two months ago, Dr Kishor Singh is now working as an obstetrics/gynaecology consultant at the health service.
Dr Singh said this year marked 40 years since he began his gynaecological training, after working in several different hospitals around the globe.
“I was in Bendigo prior to that and before that I was working in Tamworth for 10 years,” he said.
“And prior to that I was in Fiji for three years.”
Originally from Delhi, Dr Singh said he spent 15 years there as a university professor.
But he and his wife decided to follow their daughter overseas.
“We didn’t have any other family so we followed her,” he said.
With his wife also working as a consultant, Dr Singh said he had enjoyed his time in Shepparton so far, working full time at GV Health’s Graham St campus.
DR MAHA SABIR
After completing her medical training in Iraq in 1997, Dr Maha Sabir has been working as a specialist since 2005.
She said she and her family headed overseas after her husband decided to complete his PhD in New Zealand.
“We decided to stay,” she said.
“Someone said there was better job opportunities in Australia so we came here.”
She began working at GV Health in mid-June after spending time in Queensland.
“I wanted to work in Victoria,” she said.
With three young kids attending Bourchier St Primary School, Dr Sabir said living regionally in Shepparton had been enjoyable thus far.
“It’s good, the people are very friendly and it’s a nice area,” she said.
To hear from privately insured mother Teagan Stewart about her experience at GV Health click here.