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Historic achievement for ECU midwifery lecturer: School of Nursing and Midwifery's Clare Davison is the first midwife in WA to have hospital admitting rights

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

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On the 4th August 2019, Emily Slattery gave birth to a beautiful baby boy at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) in Perth, WA. All births are special, but what is even more remarkable about this one is that Emily was the first woman ever to be admitted to a WA maternity service under the care of her own midwife – ECU midwifery lecturer Clare Davison - rather than under an obstetrician.

The journey towards WA midwives in private practice to be able to admit and care for their clients in a maternity service has been a very long one indeed, and Clare’s, Emily’s and KEMH’s ground-breaking achievement marks a huge step forward for midwifery, childbearing women, and maternity services. The WA Minister for Health and Deputy Premier, Hon. Roger Cook MLA, has requested to meet with Clare, Emily and KEMH in the coming weeks to acknowledge and celebrate this terrific achievement.

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