Celebrating a decade of Aboriginal pregnancy support

Celebrating a decade of Aboriginal pregnancy support

Grafton’s Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) is celebrating 10 years in the local community after welcoming more than 500 babies into the world.

The AMIHS provides pregnancy care and early parenting support by Aboriginal Health workers and midwives for Aboriginal women or women with Aboriginal partners.

Grafton AMIHS Midwife Laurel Moore said this celebration is about honouring the great relationships that have developed between staff, clients and new families over the past 10 years.

“We’re proud to have supported hundreds of families over the past decade,” Ms Moore said.

“Our service is much more than just support during labour, rather we build relationships and provide culturally sensitive care right throughout the pregnancy journey and afterwards.

“I still keep in touch with plenty of women, and their children who are now almost 10.”

As part of the anniversary, the team have developed a booklet to share and celebrate the stories of local families who have participated in the service.

“We’ll be gifting the booklets to our clients and to our many local organisations we work closely with.”

A morning tea was held on Wednesday 11 December to help mark the occasion.

“Everyone is welcome to come down and help us celebrate,” Ms Moore said.

AMIHS also has teams based in Lismore, Ballina, Casino, and Kyogle.

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