The midwife on call attends all births
in the caseload and any emergencies after hours. The other midwife attends to all the
routine work and is not on call that week and after she has done her weeks work
that is also her weekend off.
Some common questions
What has made you work together like
When women have one midwife that
midwife has a "back up”who gives her the weekends off usually
fortnightly and holidays etc.... when a woman labours and is faced with another
midwife she may not have met at all or has only met once then it makes it hard for
all concerned and often women feel sad as it wasn’t the midwife they had
planned to be there, and the midwife feels disappointed also that she missed
your birth. Lara and Tracey worked exactly like this too but for some time
now have been working in a shared care arrangement and it has both positive
affects for the woman and the midwife.
How do I know who is doing what and who
to call in an emergency?
We work our weeks on and off call
Monday morning 9am – to the following Monday morning 9am, the on
call midwife always has her phone on 24/7 so please try either of
our numbers if you are not sure, or if one midwife does not answer the
other midwife will. As your visits become closer together later on in the
pregnancy (fortnightly then weekly) you will more easier be able to
work out who is on and who is off (for example if you are seeing Lara
in clinic that week that must mean Tracey is on call for births and
emergencies and visa versa)
What happens if the person on call has
2 women in labour?
In the past 16 months this has only
ever happened once and we simply call the other one in and if she is
away for her weekend off or on holiday then we work with 2 other midwives in
our team (Christina Campbell & Megan Holmes) and we can also call on
them if needed. Rachel Parkes is also a LMC in Hamilton and sometimes
we may ask her to do the odd clinic or postnatal day for us if we
are both required to attend education days, meetings or one of the midwives
is away on annual leave.
Tracey and Lara aim that during your
pregnancy you will be given the opportunity to get to know them both
and they will try and alternate their visits with you as much as possible along the
way which will enable you to form the relationships you need to have with