Midwives help break down barriers in support of the modern family and LGBTQ community in the Hunter

Modern family: Understanding the vulnerabilities at play for LGBTQ families going through pregnancy and childbirth are key, Oceane Campbell, pictured centre, says.
Modern family: Understanding the vulnerabilities at play for LGBTQ families going through pregnancy and childbirth are key, Oceane Campbell, pictured centre, says.

THE midwifery service at John Hunter Hospital has made some changes to ensure its staff have the tools and knowledge to best support the modern family.

The Newcastle unit has hosted focus groups and a forum to become more informed around LGBTQ family dynamics when it came to pregnancy and childbirth, a Hunter New England Health spokesperson said.

The initiative was guided by Hunter midwife and Australian College of Midwives representative Oceane Campbell – a new mother in a same-sex marriage.

“Awareness of the vulnerabilities at play for the modern family is key,” she said. “Whether it is a gay couple, a single mother or a couple going through surrogacy, feeling safe and having a compassionate and open-minded approach is integral.”

From May 2 until May 13, Hunter New England Health are profiling and celebrating its nurses and midwives to celebrate International Day of the Midwife (on May 5) and International Nurses Day (on May 12).