New centre to support Melbourne mothers

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Melbourne mums can now access greater choice and support thanks to a new outpatient service offered by Frances Perry House.

The private hospital’s dedicated Maternity Care Centre, launching in February 2021, aims to extend its support to women during their pregnancy, birth and postnatal journeys. 

Located opposite its main site in the inner-city suburb of Parkville, the centre will offer antenatal care, breastfeeding advice and access to the ‘Know My Midwife’ program.

It will also provide mental health support in partnership with Gidget Foundation Australia later this year.  

“Becoming a parent is such an exciting and wonderful time in a person’s life but it can also raise so many questions,” Frances Perry House CEO Shaune Gillespie said.

“We’re thrilled to open the Maternity Care Centre so that women can feel empowered, informed and reassured from the moment they meet with our midwives right through to six weeks after birth.”

The centre will also offer the option of a 90-minute private consultation with dedicated lactation consultants, plus a 60-minute consultation for antenatal care. 

Mr Gillespie said women would face no out-of-pocket expenses for many of these services. 

“It’s really exciting to offer the Know My Midwife program and antenatal appointments through Medicare, only the breastfeeding support service attracts an out-of-pocket expense of $75 per consultation,” he said. 

Frances Perry House is a fully-accredited obstetric and surgical hospital, with 93 beds, a special care nursery, birthing suites, operating theatres, a surgery unit and a dedicated postnatal unit.  

The hospital celebrated its 50th anniversary in late 2020.

Read more: 50th birthday for hospital and its first baby

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