Mums are not alone...
GYMPIE mums will no longer have to go far to get compassionate and expert support once they leave hospital with their new babies - in fact, they won't even have to go out their front door.
The Gympie Hospital's Maternity and Women's Health Unit last month launched its extended midwifery service for new mums in the Gympie and Cooloola Coast areas.
The home visiting service, available to women for up to two weeks following the birth of their baby, is aimed at supporting mothers with complex feeding issues, and stops them from having to be readmitted to hospital.
Nurse unit manager Kathy Preston said the home visits enabled midwives to give ongoing feeding and other advice to the new mums.
"The midwives can also offer referrals to other support services if and when required," Ms Preston said.
"Feedback has been wonderful since we introduced this service in early January, with mums commenting on the individual and personalised service they receive.
"Gympie has a significant birth rate (about 350 a year) and it is important to the health of new parents and babies to increase the support offered to postnatal women following discharge from hospital."
Ms Preston said the home visiting service had also been well supported by Wishlist through the generous donation of a car.
"The sign-written car makes it easily identifiable for home visits and assists mums in identifying the midwife arriving."
The extended midwifery service operates Monday to Saturday and is available to all women who have their babies at Gympie as well as women who live in the Gympie area but who, for various reasons, may have had their babies at Nambour General Hospital.
First-time mums are able to access up to three visits and other mums can get one visit on an as-needed basis within the first two weeks.
For more details on this service contact the Maternity and Women's Health Unit on 5489 8550.