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MELBOURNE NEEDS MORE INVESTMENT IN MATERNITY CARE

Right now, maternity services in Melbourne are being stretched to breaking point.

Short-staffing and under-resourcing mean women are giving birth in emergency rooms, being sent home earlier than planned, and midwives are regularly working double shifts and being stretched beyond their limit.

Maternity and post-natal beds are in short supply, and there aren’t enough nurses and midwives to fill shifts.

I was fortunate to give birth to both my babies at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. I know first-hand the excellent standard of care our public hospitals can provide. But while our hospitals, midwives and nurses are doing their best to keep women healthy and safe, maternity care needs more investment to keep up with demand and give all women the level of care they deserve.

We need to show the Victorian Government that thousands of women demand better investment in public maternity care, and that all women deserve the best care possible during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. Your local MP needs to hear from you.

Our campaign has had a big impact so far:

 We’ve had articles on the front page of the Sunday Age, in the Guardian, and in Mamamia. 

 3,200+ mums, parents and midwives have signed our petition calling for more funding and solutions to the maternity care crisis. 

 I’ve sent a letter to the Health Minister, outlining our concerns about the lack of beds, staff and resources in public maternity hospitals, and the solutions that could be adopted now.

Now it’s time for your local MP to hear from you. Can you take 2 minutes to email your MP and show you care about better maternity care? Click the button to send your email below. 

If you’ve worked as a midwife, or have given birth in 2020 or 2021, especially in inner Melbourne, please share your story with me so I can continue to advocate for more funding for maternity services. Fill in our survey here.

I am collecting information to inform our campaign to secure more funding for maternity services at the Royal Women’s Hospital. I will not share you details or stories without your permission but I may get in touch to follow up with you directly.

MELBOURNE NEEDS MORE INVESTMENT IN MATERNITY CARE

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