Sunday, February 5, 2012

MC Qld Planning Sunday 19 Feb

All welcome to attend MC’s Planning Day for 2012


19th February

10:00 – 4:00

177 Frasers Road Mitchelton

Come along and learn more about Maternity Coalition.

Connect with other families and be updated on current

issues and campaigns.

Hear about the many ways you can help shape maternity services in Australia.

Children very welcome

Please bring a plate to share for lunch and a gold coin donation for morning and afternoon tea.


or 0419 756 240 by the 15 February

Face of Birth Film Screening Tuesday 13 March


7 pm Tuesday 13 March 2012

Schonell Cinema, UQ St Lucia campus, Brisbane Qld

Tickets: $20

Purchase now online @

About the film
Face of Birth

Scientific evidence shows that how we are born has a huge impact on our health and happiness - as babies, children and, for some of us - for the rest of our lives.

Home birth mothers believe that they are making the best and safest choice for themselves and their babies. Mainstream medicine in Australia, unlike the UK, thinks otherwise.

This is a film about families that choose to give birth at home, the midwives and health professionals who support them and a system that works against them

Saturday, July 16, 2011

MC QLD Branch Meeting

All welcome to attend MC’s next meeting

Come along and learn more about Maternity Coalition.

Be updated on current campaigns and listen to the many ways you can help shape maternity services in Australia.

Wednesday 3rd August

10:00 – 12:30

218 Gladstone Road, Dutton Park (opp Pope St)

Please bring something to share for morning tea.

Children very welcome



Phone Ali 3844 3048 by 1st August

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

MC QLD Branch Meeting

QLD Branch Meeting

All welcome to come along and learn more about Maternity Coalition.

Listen to the many ways you can help shape maternity services in Australia.

Wednesday June 15th

10:30 – 12:30


14 Station Street, Nundah

Children welcome. There is a lovely playground for them to enjoy

Please bring something to share for morning tea.

RSVP by 16 June

Nundah Community Centre

Volunteers needed for MC Stall at PBC Expo 24 - 26 June

MC QLD is once again having a stall at the Pregnancy, Babies and Children Expo at the
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Bank on 24-26 June and we'd really appreciate some help.

If you can spare a few hours on either day we'd love to hear from you. Please email with your name, contact details and availability as soon as you can.

This is a great opportunity to share information about Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Options.

Tickets are free and can be downloaded from

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Mums celebrate caring midwives

IT was the International Day of the Midwife recently, and Goondiwindi mothers were quick to sing the praises of the Goondiwindi Midwifery Group.

The practice, in its third year of operation, has proved to be a success story. So much so that similar groups will be developed throughout the Darling Downs.

The Goondiwindi Midwifery Group Practice was the first of its kind on the Downs and offers a continuity of care model of service.

This model ensures women receive their pregnancy, birth and post-natal care from a known midwife.

And now that the government has committed to providing Australian women with medicare rebates for private midwifery care, more birth choices are accessible and available.

Former Goondiwindi resident, Alecia Sutton had her first baby using the Goondiwindi model.

“It is great to have a one on one relationship with your midwife, you know that she is just a phone call away and you develop the confidence to have the birth you want.

“The benefits of such services include a feeling of empowerment from the confidence developed with a one to one relationship, a heightened knowledge of mothers on pregnancy and birth, and less medical intervention during birth. “These combining factors contribute to a better start for mothers and their babies,” she said.

An upcoming community meeting with Maternity Coalition Queensland and The Australian College of Midwives Queensland will inform local women of the birthing choices available.

If you would like more information about this meeting please phone Ildiko Keogh on 0419 756 240, Alecia Sutton 0401033348 or Meghan Keleher on 0439 184 837.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Consumer Representation Survey and Training

Hi Everyone
As you might already be aware, the Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies is working in partnership with MC Qld and Health Consumers Queensland to develop and evaluate a pilot consumer rep training program. For those in Queensland, QCMB's april newsletter is attached here with information about how to get involved in the project. We are particularly excited by the project because, uniquely, it is being developed by consumers, for consumers. (Jo Smethurst, Ali Gaffney and I are working on it, with QCMB.)

One of the things the project needs now is advice for experienced maternity consumer representatives (from all over, now just those in Qld) about the training needs of beginning consumer reps. To this end, we have created a brief survey at If you are an experienced consumer rep, we would be really grateful if you would take a few minutes to complete the survey. The first workshop is due to be delivered on June 30, so we really need your input ASAP, but certainly no later than June 1.

It would also be great if you could forward this request throughout your networks so that we can get feedback from as many experienced consumer reps as possible.

We will keep you posted about the progress of the project!

Bec Jenkinson
Maternity Coalition
Queensland Branch President
(h) 07 3351 4834
(m) 0439 765 633

Maternity Consumer Representative Training Program


The Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies has partnered with Health Consumers QLD and Maternity Coalition to develop, implement and evaluate a pilot training program specifically for consumer representatives of maternity services.

This pilot training program aims to support consumers to be actively involved in policy, service planning and evaluation decision-making about maternity services in Queensland. The pilot will target areas with maternity facilities planning significant maternity model of care changes.

If you’ve ever been pregnant and have an interest in improving your local pregnancy, birth and post-natal care options then you can be a part of this training program. It’s not essential, but you might also identify with one of the following characteristics:
• are currently active in a maternity consumer organisation
• have an interest in policy, planning, service delivery and evaluation of maternity services
• live in an area where your local maternity facility is planning significant changes to the way in which women receive care (model of care changes) and are interested in maternity issues – or you may want your local facility to plan some significant changes!

Training participants will not need any specific skills or qualifications. Efforts are being made to ensure a broad demographic of consumers will participate in the training.

The first training workshop is planned to take place in Brisbane on Thursday, June 30, 2011 with another workshop planned for early 2012. We’ll give participants the assistance they need to attend the workshop. Workshop participants will receive on-going support through:
• on-line resources
• networking with other consumer representatives across the state
• mentored by consumer consultants and/or other experienced consumer representatives.

How you can help
We would also like you all to spread the word about this project in the following ways:

For consumers:
Let fellow consumers and consumer groups know that they can access this training.
Register your interest in participating in this training. Call 07 3346 3069 or email

If you’re an experienced consumer representative and would like to support and mentor another person, please call or email us on the contact details above.

For maternity workers:
Keep an eye out for consumers who might be interested in consumer representation and this training program.

Contact Health Consumers QLD for advice and support to facilitate a positive relationship with your consumer representatives. Ph: 1800 613 251 or 32340611

For more information contact:
Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies
Ali Gaffney, Bec Jenkinson or Joanne Smethurst
Ph: 07 3346 3069