First Grove private midwife

First Grove private midwife

OCEAN GROVE officially has its first private-practising eligible midwife.
Pia Croft is also the first self employed midwife in the entire Geelong region. Having lived in Ocean Grove for over 10 years and a practicing midwife for six, Pia is living her dream of taking her job to the next level.
“It’s big news for maternity care and I hope that other midwives follow in my footsteps. It’s important for expectant mothers to have more choice and flexibility with their care. It will mean that women who have partners that work can have check ups when they’re around, for example. I can work on the weekend and see my patients when it suits them,” Pia explained.
Since the maternity reform in 2010, midwives are now able to undergo extra training and reviews in order to practice more independently and more autonomously.
With specialised nurses like Pia, women who are choosing their maternity care now have the option to find an eligible midwife, who can provide all antenatal and postnatal care covered by Medicare. Therefore women have more continuity and satisfaction with their care experience. Since May, Pia has had prescribing rights for women and newborn babes under her care. Pia is also able to order investigations for women, such as ultrasounds and blood tests.
“Being able to prescribe and order investigations makes things much easier for women, and also makes it much easier for midwives to provide continuous care more autonomously and gives midwives more independence. In combination with my Medicare provider number, which enables me to bulk bill antenatal visits and postnatal visits, for up to six weeks post birth, it takes my midwifery to a whole new level,” Pia explained.
The process of obtaining eligibility and prescribing rights is involved but Pia promises it has been worth it. “You must have three years post graduate experience across the midwifery continuum, hold professional Indemnity Insurance, have a Midwifery Peer Review every three years with the Australian College of Midwives, a completed postgraduate course in pharmacology and investigation  for midwives and a completed application,” Pia told the Voice.
Pia is slowly getting to where she wants to be professionally as a midwife. “Lots of changes have happened for midwives over the last three years in Australia and it is exciting to be part of it.  Lots of recent published research is showing us that continuity of midwifery care is a very safe and satisfying option for women,” Pia said.
With five children of her own, Pia loves being with women throughout their pregnancy journey from the start to the end.
“I feel privileged to be part of women’s experiences and to be invited into all those beautiful families. After having ticked all the boxes of the requirements, I now hope to expand my private practice.”
For more information, contact Pia on 0413-633 649.

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