The Postnatal Community Midwifery Home Care Service, an initiative of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), which started last year at the Women’s Wellness and Research Center (WWRC), has cared for more than 1,700 women and their newborns since it was launched 16 months ago.

The service, which provides postpartum specialised care to women who have experienced a high-risk pregnancy or given birth by Caesarean section, is the first of its kind in Qatar.

WWRC Medical Director Dr Hilal Al Rifai said they are delighted by the success of the programme.

We are eager to make it available to other women who have had a C-section at WWRC. We are also happy to report that we are supporting other HMC maternity facilities as they prepare to launch this service at their other facilities.’

WWRC's Postnatal Midwifery Care Team
(File photo) The WWRC Postnatal Midwifery Care Team

Since June 2018, the Postnatal Community Midwifery Home Care Service, which is operated by a team of seven midwives and seven patient care assistance from the WWRC, has provided care to over 1,700 women and made more than 3,200 home visits. The team works in close cooperation with the Mobile Doctors, HMC physicians, and the Pediatric Emergency Centers to provide specialised postnatal care to mothers and their babies within the comfort of their homes.

Women registered for the service receive up to two visits from the midwifery homecare team, with the first visit happening within 72 hours of giving birth and the follow-up visit occurring within seven to 14 days after birth.

According to Fatima Yusuf, Director of Nursing at WWRC, the team will assess the physical and emotional well-being of both the mother and her baby during the visit, provide education on normal changes women can expect after delivery, and provide support for both the new mother and her family around managing the care of a newborn. The team can also help identify potential medical issues that require additional care and can refer the mother or newborn to her nearest primary health centre if follow-up care is needed.

Haila Johar Salim, Executive Director of Nursing at WWRC, also expressed her delight at the success of the programme, and noted how it has helped reduce the number of women coming to Emergency Departments with postpartum complications.

We are glad that this service has been well received by the service users and the community at large. We have doubled our team and are offering the service to more women. We continue to recruit staff and hope to reach our target of providing care to all women identified as candidates for this service.’

Last month Al Khor Hospital launched its own Community Postnatal Midwifery Home Service. The service is an extension of the Maternity Homecare Service initially piloted and implemented at WWRC.