St John of God Midland Public Hospital recently celebrated the first anniversary of Moort Boodjari Mia’s relocation to the hospital.
Moort Boodjari Mia is a dedicated maternity healthcare and education service for women and men who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander living in Perth’s east metropolitan region, as well as their families.
In 2017, the program moved to the hospital to provide care at the same location as antenatal and birth care after it was previously provided nearby and funded by the Department of Health and St John of God Health Care’s Social Outreach division.
St John of God Midland Public Hospital Chief Executive Michael Hogan said the hospital was proving a more suitable location to give clients greater access to services provided at the hospital.
“It has also helped enhance links with other maternity service providers to deliver shared care and ensure clear pathways for clients,” Mr Hogan said.
The program includes a home visiting service, a dedicated antenatal clinic at the hospital each Wednesday, a community clinic at Koongamia Child, and Parent Centre every Tuesday morning and a weekday drop-in service for clients.
Moort Boodjari Mia aims to help women stay healthy during pregnancy and give their babies the best possible start in life by providing advice and support in the lead up to the birth and up to four weeks afterwards.
Moort Boodjari Mia coordinator and Midwife Jodie Mackell said families were able to access comprehensive support through the program, which was essential to giving their child the best start to life.
“Our priority is making sure the mother is doing well physically and emotionally, and that she is able to get the right care and information she needs to make good decisions for her, her family, and her baby,” she said.
“We connect her and her family with additional providers to ensure she gets the right support, whether that is medical care, emotional support, or family and community care.”
Moort Boodjari Mia means “family pregnancy house” in Noongar language.