Being at least an hours drive to Narrogin Hospital and more than three hours from Perth, the journey from Dumbleyung/Kukerin to an antenatal appointment can take its toll both physically and financially. Community Midwife Sandy Slee is easing the lives of local mothers and mothers to be by providing midwifery services within the Shire.
'Whether this is a woman's first baby or her third, whether she's birthing at Narrogin Hospital or Albany Hospital, or planning on traveling to a private hospital in Perth, I can work with their GP or obstetrician to provide some care locally and reduce the amount of travel they need to do", said Ms Slee. Ms Slee has even offered to visit a client at work during harvest time to make it easier for her to get the care she needed.
Local new mum Hanna Chiswell who gave birth to baby girl Emmi, used the midwifery services from when she was 16 weeks pregnant. "I was really happy to receive Sandy's call offering to provide some of my antenatal care locally. I run my own business and losing half a day for travel to Narrogin for appointments wasn't ideal," said the new mum.
Third time mum Candice Ward also called upon Sandy Slee prior to the birth of her baby boy Duke. “I think it’s such a brilliant service. Sandy is so thorough and I highly recommend her to other pregnant women," said Mrs Ward.
Sandy also provides postnatal care and breastfeeding support throughout the Southern Wheatbelt. For more information contact Primary Services Narrogin on 9881 0385.