Midwives to hold community rally for change in Campbelltown

Spring Farm mum Erin Bailey - pictured with children Ella (four) and Hamish (two) - is concerned about a lack of support for Macarthur's midwives. Picture: Chris Lane
Spring Farm mum Erin Bailey - pictured with children Ella (four) and Hamish (two) - is concerned about a lack of support for Macarthur's midwives. Picture: Chris Lane

Macarthur is growing so quickly that our midwives can't keep up - at least not without reinforcements.

The NSW Nurses and Midwives' Association will hold a community rally from noon tomorrow (Wednesday, August 21) at Park Central's Marsden Park to show support for the Camden and Campbelltown hospital's midwives.

The association's Macarthur branch member Cathy Faulds said the region's midwife shortage was at a "critical level".

"There has been a 26 per cent increase in birth rate in Macarthur over the past two years, but there has been a decrease in staff," she said.

"There are grave concerns over the quality of care that midwives are able to deliver. The midwives are overworked, they run from room to room.

"They don't have enough time."

Ms Faulds said the relationship between a pregnant woman and midwife was "very important".

She said midwives were there for mothers through their pregnancy and after delivery.

"It's a major event in any woman's life and they deserve a positive experience," she said.

"The mothers of this area deserve good care."

The mothers of this area deserve good care.

Cathy Faulds

Ms Faulds said her association had met with relevant organisations, but was now rallying the community for support.

"We have excellent midwives here - we just need more of them," she said.

Spring Farm mum Erin Bailey gave birth to two children at Campbelltown Hospital in the past five years.

Ms Bailey said she couldn't "over emphasise the importance" of building a strong relationship with a midwife.

"I was very lucky to have the same midwife twice. It gives you so much reassurance," she said.

"After two pregnancies, your midwife almost becomes part of your family."

A Campbelltown Hospital spokeswoman said South Western Sydney Local Health District was "constantly reviewing the midwifery roster and daily staffing levels as well as looking for ways to improve our models of care".

"The safety and care of our patients is always our priority," she said.