This resource has been developed to provide information about a broad range of services to Aboriginal women, women with an Aboriginal baby and their families.
The resource is also a valuable directory for service providers as it details a broad range of services that they can refer clients to.
The services covered can support women and their families through the period of pregnancy, childbirth and after.
Artwork: Family Matters, Artist: Michael Philp
If you think you are pregnant go to your local doctor as soon as possible and find out for sure…
When do you need to start the process?
Once you have confirmed your pregnancy contact either your Local Hospital midwife or the Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) if this service is available in your area and have a yarn about what you need to get done. The earlier you attend a service the better the outcomes can be. For baby’s best health your first hospital appointment is recommended at between 12-14 weeks of pregnancy.
There are tests such as blood tests that need to be arranged and first ultrasound is performed at around 12 weeks, so booking into these is very important. Midwives will help you with request forms for these bookings and if you’re with the AMIHS they can also help with transport to get you to these appointments.
There are 5 Hospitals with Birthing Services within the NNSW Local Health District and these have antenatal services. These are Tweed, Murwillumbah, Byron Central, Lismore and Grafton Hospitals. There are Medical Specialist Outreach Programs at Bonalbo, Kyogle and Casino. Please contact the local hospital for information.
There are also 5 Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Services within the NNSWLHD and they can help throughout your pregnancy and up till 6 weeks after birth.
The Information Brochure was developed March 2016.
This brochure has been developed with funding from NSW Health Office of Kids and Families. It has been made to inform Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander pregnant women and women carrying an Aboriginal baby about maternity services they can access in Northern NSW.
This brochure also gives you information on other helpful services across the Northern NSW Local Health District.
Maternity Services Directory for Health Services and Aboriginal Families
This Directory has been developed with funding from NSW Health Office of Kids & Families. It has been made to help services inform Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander pregnant women, women carrying an Aboriginal baby and recently birthed mothers and their families what they can access within our Local Health Service. Included are information and contact details of services and useful websites and online resources.