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(Maternal Health Program)
The Aboriginal maternal health worker supports pregnant mums to access antenatal clinics, GP clinics and register with a hospital for the delivery of their baby. Before the Birth the Maternal Health Program provides check-ups at your home, hospital or a local health service; information, education and resources on a range of topics, such as pregnancy, planning and taking baby home; links with community supports and services; and support when you have appointments with your GP or other services.
During Birth the program provides support for young women who want older women from their community to talk to them. After Birth, your Midwife and Aboriginal Health Worker will provide you and your baby support at home or at a location near you up to 6 weeks after birth; provide information and resources about a range of topics, such as breastfeeding and immunisation; and provide links with community services such as Childcare, Baby Groups, Playgroups, Child and Family Health Services, Breastfeeding support groups.
BAML can also assist with:
- Check-ups: our health workers can come with you to your appointments
- Links to community services: we can link you into other services
- Support when you have an appointment: we can visit you at home and come with you to your hospital visits
- Information, education, resources: we can offer individualised culturally appropriate pre-pregnancy, pregnancy and post natal education
- Transport: Bentley-Armadale Medicare Local can provide transport to and from appointments
- Phone support: our health workers can offer phone advice and support you
- Ambulance cover
For more information about this program, please contact the Aboriginal Health Team on 9458 0505.