Delivering ante-natal care to Phillip Island

Thursday 14 September 2017

Pictured (L-R): BCH Manager of Women and Families Linda Goltz and Midwife Denise Lawlor welcome couple Zac Anderson and Brigette Nugent to BCH’s new Ante Natal Maternity Clinic at Cowes.




Bass Coast Health’s (BCH) new Ante Natal Maternity Clinic commenced at Cowes last week. The clinic offers expectant Phillip Island women planning to have their babies at BCH’s Wonthaggi Hospital a more convenient location to receive the important care they need prior to the birth of their babies.


Expectant mums like Brigette Nugent (pictured) will now be able to access the expertise of a Midwife every fortnight without having to leave the island.


Brigette is due in early September and she and her partner Zac are currently without transport. Previously, Brigette has been relying on friends and family for transport so that she and Zac could attend her ante natal appointments at the BCH Wonthaggi Hospital site. The only other option was local public transport, involving a 2 hour plus journey to Wonthaggi.


“We would have to make my ante natal appointment for 1pm so that we could leave home at 10.20am and catch a bus to the Anderson transfer station, catch another bus to Wonthaggi (next to Safeway) and then wait for another bus up to the hospital”, explained Brigette. “We would leave home at 10.20am and get home at 5.00pm for a one hour appointment!”


“Sometimes we were tired of waiting for the bus so we would walk to the hospital from Safeway but I started to suffer from physical complications from over-exerting myself,” she said.


Now that the clinic is being offered at Cowes, Brigette and Zac are visibly excited and relieved. “This is fantastic and will help a lot of mums on Phillip Island who have to rely on public transport or family and friends to get to Wonthaggi”.


The new clinic is part of BCH’s commitment to improve access to services for the Phillip Island community.


BCH’s Manager of Women and Families Linda Goltz is pleased that the health service is able to provide such a wonderful and much needed service for Phillip Island residents.


“It’s very exciting to be able to bring this service to the community of Phillip Island and is a great example of how Bass Coast Health provides person centred care”.

Staffed by a qualified Midwife, the Ante Natal Maternity Clinic will be delivered from BCH’s Cowes site at 14 Warley Avenue on alternate Wednesdays between the hours of 10.00am and 3.00pm.

The Cowes clinic will operate in addition to the existing Ante Natal Maternity Clinic held at BCH’s Wonthaggi Hospital every Monday and alternate Wednesdays.

BCH Midwife Denise Lawlor, after recently hearing of Brigette and Zac’s experience, says she is aware that the closer location will ease the stress for local mums.

“This will make things a lot more convenient for many mums on the Island and anything that makes life easier when you’re pregnant can have an improvement on your general wellbeing.”

For bookings or enquiries please phone BCH’s Maternity Department on 5671 3201.