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The SDHB takes steps to prevent the ‘elimination’ of Southern maternity units.

Heritage co-leader Caroline Conway, wearing a red scarf during a march in Palmerston North, tries to plan life-saving services ahead of a nationwide strike in August to the full extent of Southland Hospital's midwifery shortage. Learned

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Heritage co-leader Caroline Conway, wearing a red scarf during a march in Palmerston North, tries to plan life-saving services ahead of a nationwide strike in August to the full extent of Southland Hospital’s midwifery shortage. Learned

The Southern District Health Board has signed on to create a midwifery role proposed by the union in 2018, as it works to mitigate the effects of staff shortages.

The Assistant Director of Midwifery Roll will present clinical leadership to Southland Hospital midwives after hours. I found myself working alone in emergencies. As the board struggles to fill vacancies. Amidst the shortage of national manpower And border closure.

The decision was made by Caroline Conway, co-leader for Midwifery Employee Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS) Midwifery, who requested a meeting with DHB leaders this week, saying “the end of maternity services in South DHB Immediate action is needed to avoid it. “

Speaking after the meeting, Conroe felt the board was working hard to ensure that maternity units were safe for mothers, their children and midwives.

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The terms of the settlement from the 2018 MERAS Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (MECA) suggest that senior midwives be created in all secondary and tertiary maternity units to provide overnight counseling to midwives.

Conway said Dunedin Hospital was the only third maternity unit in the country that did not implement it.

She learned of the extent of the lack of primary midwives and clinical leadership in Southland and Otago in August while trying to plan for life-saving services. Before the strike.

To her shock, she found that most Southland hospitals had only one midwife on duty when at least two were called in at the safety staff level.

The board has nine vacancies for registered midwives in Southland.

“I have heard from midwives that clinical procedures are being delayed weekly, delaying care and potentially putting women and children at risk,” Conway said. When midwives took extra shifts to help their colleagues, they suffered burns or accidents.

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Karen Galland, co-founder of the New Zealand College of Midwives, has long been at the forefront of reviving the midwifery profession. (Video first published on June 25.)

Megan Bowen, general manager of Southern DHB operations, said that although Southland and Dunedin were affected by the shortage of midwives in New Zealand, the Southland hospital had faced additional challenges over the past 12 months.

Boyne said five primary midwives have been left to become lead maternity care (LMC), while four more are on maternity leave, and some others have moved internationally or are progressing in SDHB. Has been given.

“The positive thing is that these dedicated midwives are not lost in the profession, or (with one or two exceptions) are not in Southland, but the resulting gap, and the widespread shortage of midwives, are attracting southern DHB.” We have taken a number of steps to support midwives and existing midwifery teams, “he said.

A midwifery outreach service has been set up in Dunedin, where the number of LMCs is low and registered nurses will be recruited to assist the midwives.

Boyne said that if the nurses wanted to pursue a career in midwifery, they would forge closer ties with the midwifery school at the Otago Polytechnic, helping build a new workforce for graduates in six new locations.

The Board has also created a position for Midwife Clinical Coach to assist returning midwives and those trained abroad.

“The DHB is represented by the National Director of the Midwifery Leaders Group, which is working collectively on the midwifery manpower strategy,” Bowen said.

Recruitment campaigns have focused on local and international audiences, and a video is being produced to draw health workers to Southland and Otago.

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