On 4th September WCHM was delighted that the Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Meegan Fitzharris, was able to launch the new Having a baby in Canberra website at the Calvary Hospital Birthing Unit.  This is a centralised ACT Website which supports ACT women who are planning a pregnancy, in early pregnancy, during pregnancy or after birth – and their partners and support people.  It helps women to make informed decisions and choices at all stages of their pregnancy and after birth by connecting them with trusted and reliable sources of information and to local services.  Check it out at www.havingababyincanberra.org.au

The website originated from feedback from women in the ACT who responded to a consultation by WCHM about the experiences of ACT women accessing maternal care in the ACT.  In particular women highlighted the lack of a trusted local source of information about ACT resources and services which was available in one spot – women wanted to know what local choices are available, where and when they can be accessed and the referral pathways into ACT government, private and non-government services. And to have the ability to compare and contrast what was available within each hospital or service and to understand what different models of care were offered.

You can see an article in Her Canberra about the new website: http://hercanberra.com.au/cplife/new-website-canberra-families-baby/ .