For information for Aboriginal families on maternity services in NNSW LHD, please click on the following link; Aboriginal Families Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Support Services
The NNSW LHD Aboriginal Maternal and Infant Health Service (AMIHS) is a specialised service for Aboriginal women or women who are having an Aboriginal baby. A midwife and an Aboriginal Health Worker will work together with you and your family. The service provides a culturally appropriate model of care during pregnancy and up to 6-8 weeks after birth. The same Midwife and Aboriginal Health Worker see you throughout your pregnancy. They hold regular clinics or can visit you at home. They will hand over to hospital staff during birth.
Eligibility: Aboriginal women and women with Aboriginal partners are eligible for this service
Referral: There is no formal referral process and anyone can refer a client. Women often find out about the service through word of mouth from friends and family members. Referrals are also received through your doctor, local women’s care unit and Aboriginal Medical Services.
What the service does:
- provides culturally inclusive antenatal and postnatal care
- identifies complicated pregnancies
- refers you to a specialist services if needed.
- Provides social and emotional support
- Provides family planning advice
The service will help you move to Child and Family Health Nursing services 6-8 weeks after birth. They can also refer women to community support or preventative health services if necessary. This could include smoking cessation, pregnancy and parenting education, drug and alcohol reduction and sexual and reproductive health.
To contact an AMIHS in the Northern NSW Wales area phone:02 6620 7559Lismore AMIHS – Lismore, Coraki, Box Ridge and Nimbin
02 6620 7559Ballina / Byron AMIHS – Ballina, Wardell, Woodburn, Cabbage Tree Island, Byron Bay
02 6660 0617Casino AMIHS – Casino, Tabulam, Banalbo
02 6641 8702Clarence Valley AMIHS – Grafton, Maclean, Yamba, Iluka