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Maternity Services

Monash Women's maternity service is part of Monash Health. Monash Health provides health care across south eastern Melbourne, uniquely integrating in one organisation primary, secondary and tertiary health services, as well as world renowned research and teaching facilities. Monash Health has a role in specialist care for greater Melbourne, regional Victoria and interstate.

Our maternity service is the largest maternity provider in Victoria providing care to over 9,000 women each year across three hospitals: Monash Medical Centre, Dandenong and Casey. Monash Women's provides maternity care for well women and women with more complex and specialty needs. Monash Medical Centre provides tertiary level maternity care, with pregnancy assessment and fetal diagnostic units, adult and neonatal intensive care situated on-site.
This integrated service structure provides one of Australia’s safest levels of maternity care.

Monash Women’s has a range of allied health services for women including physiotherapy, social work and interpreters. These services are provided on referral from the team clinicians.

Monash Women's is affiliated with Monash University and a number of other universities for research and training.  We provide training and clinical placement for trainee doctors and midwives as part of their university requirements.


Monash Health offers women three (3) pathways for pregnancy care:

1. within a clinic at one of our three hospital sites

2. shared care with the hospital and an affiliated GP or midwife in the community

3. non hospital with a specialist obstetrician in the community

Where possible you will be booked to birth at your local hospital unless you or your baby require a higher level of care.

We are committed to women-centered, collaborative care underpinned by the following principles:

Partnership

women and families are partners in planning and care decisions

Care

care is provided close to home - where possible

Togetherness

keeping mothers and babies together is a priority in care

Continuity

continuity of care and carer - where possible

Collaboration

multidisciplinary, collaborative teams which consistently care for women throughout pregnancy, birth and postnatally

Opportunity

midwives have the opportunity to work full scope of practice - working in all areas of maternity care

Development

collaborative education, training and supervision for all clinicians to ensure a high level commitment to ongoing professional development

Standards

achieving the highest standards of quality, safety and evidence-based practice

Equity

equity for all women

 

Continuity of care?
Research shows that continuity of care and carer improves women's experiences and outcomes. All women are allocated to a maternity team at booking.


How do the team's work? 
All teams have a shared leadership (midwife and obstetrician) to provide a comprehensive collaborative approach to pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. For a woman experiencing a pregnancy where there is no anticipated problem this may mean that most of that care is provided by a primary level care provider (i.e. midwife or GP). If complications arise the obstetrician or other specialist medical staff from your team will provide consultation and advice. If a woman experiences a pregnancy where there are maternal or fetal complications the majority of care will be with specialist team medical staff, with midwives providing midwifery care as required.

The maternity teams have been named after gemstones and are aligned with a colour.

Monash Medical Centre has five teams: Amethyst (purple), Opal (light blue), Topaz (magenta), Amber (orange) and Emerald (light green).

Dandenong Hospital has three teams: Turquoise (aqua) Jade (dark green) and Rose Quartz (pink)

Casey Hospital has three teams: Diamond (cream), Ruby (red), and Sapphire (blue).


What does this mean for women?
Continuity of care within teams will enable women greater consistency in care throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal stay. Women will have increased opportunity to see clinicians they have met before (doctor, midwife and allied health) during their pregnancy visits at the hospital, in labour, birth and postnatal period. 


If you have other queries or feedback please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions section of this website.