Birthing on Yuin Country

Model Of Care

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Birthing On Country

Birthing on Country (BOC) is a continuation of thousands of years of knowledge and practice, which provides holistic maternal, child and family health care that embeds cultural integrity and safety during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care.

BOC is about our women from community lead by our Elders and Aunties, to take back control for our Minga’s (mums) to birth healthy beautiful Gudjaga’s in a safe space that is centred around culture and then throughout the continuation of Minga’s and Gudjaga’s life cycle. 

PREVENT THE SPREAD

Please self-isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a sore throat, coughing or sneezing, or flu-like symptoms. Call our reception to make a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.

Building On Our Strengths (BOOst)

The BOOst (Building On Our Strengths) NSW research team is currently based at Waminda and has been working alongside us to develop and implement the model of BOC since 2017, gathering evidence and data to support the reasons for BOC to exist in our community for our women and their families.

Are you having an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Baby In The Shoalhaven?

We are aiming to change and improve maternity care services to provide the best care and best start to life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. To achieve this, we would like to hear from mums about their pregnancy and birthing experiences. For more information please talk to your midwife, health worker or hospital Indigenous liaison staff.

Contact The BOOSt Study Team

Penny Haora: 0436 851 748 

boost@cdu.edu.au

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BOOst & The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre

The Molly Wardaguga Research Centre was established in 2019 with the vision of returning birthing services to Indigenous Communities and Indigenous Control. The centre was named after Molly Wardaguga, Burarra Elder, Aboriginal Midwife, Senior Aboriginal Health Worker, and an major contributor to the Birthing On Country movement.

Today, the centre aims to support women’s cultural birthing aspirations, and dismantle westernised barriers in birthing and maternal healthcare.  

The Building On Our Strengths (BOOst) research project is working with the centre to study and improve maternity services, with the aim of designing and delivering the best maternity care for the Community.

The research team works in partnership with Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, universities and health professional organisations.

BOOst FAQ’s

What Is BOOSt?

Building On Our Strengths (BOOSt) is a research project working with Birthing On Country.

BOOSt is a partnership between Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations, universities and health professional organisations.  We want to hear from and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to design and deliver the best maternity care for the community.

Can I Participate In BOOSt?

You can be part of BOOSt if:

  • You or your partner, identify as Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander, AND
  • You are booked to have your baby at Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital (SDMH)
How Do I Sign Up?

There are lots of easy ways to contact us:

  • Phone or text us for more information/call back:                                           0418 568 226 or 0436 851 748
  • Email us: boost@cdu.edu.au
  • Tell your midwife/health worker and provide them with your contact details. They can let the BOOSt team know that you want to be involved and we will contact you.

You can change your mind at any time and you don’t have to say why.  You can choose how much of the study to participate in.  If you change your mind, you will not be penalised or disadvantaged.  We will thank you for your time and won’t contact you about this research again.

If I Participate In BOOst, What Will I Have To Do?

We will ask you to:

  • Do three surveys, one around 36 weeks of pregnancy, others at 2 and 6 months after
  • Surveys can be done at home or anywhere via a texted link, in the antenatal clinic or where-ever you would like to meet the

 To say thank you we will give you: a $20 gift voucher once you’ve completed every survey.  After the 2-month survey you will also receive a small gift for baby.

 The surveys have questions about your experiences during pregnancy, birth, in hospital and of being amother.

 Sharing your situation, your experiences and your thoughts will help us to improve maternity care in the future for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families.

How Will You Protect My Privacy?

Your privacy is important.  Surveys are anonymous.  All identifying information we collect will be treated with the strictest confidence.  Data and comments reported will not identify you.

Prevent The Spread

Please click here to find out more information about COVID-19 and how it has affected Waminda services. Please self-isolate if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, including a sore throat, coughing or sneezing, or flu-like symptoms. Call our reception to make a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.

Our practice has an appointment booking system for all consultations, we can accommodate walk in consultations with the clinical team, but it is encouraged to make a booked appointment. On arrival you will be triaged by an Aboriginal health worker prior to seeing the Doctor. If you are unable to attend face to face due to symptoms, we have the option of a telehealth appointment.