Written by Brian. Posted in events


Community Connect Morning Tea at the Pomona Community House.

On Wednesday 18 April, 2018. Alicia Staines, will be taking time out of her busy schedule to talk to the community about her work as Director of national advocacy organisation Maternity Consumer Network.


Maternity Consumer Network is an organisation which advocates for improved outcomes for mothers through the care they receive antenatally, at birth and postnatally.

Alicia says that currently, up to one in three mothers experience birth trauma, 1 in 6 experience perinatal depression and 1 in 10 experience PTSD. It is known that the rising intervention rates in birth are contributing to worse emotional outcomes for our mothers, and this in turn affects our whole community.  Despite high quality evidence and demand, only 10% of women can access a known midwife. In NZ, this is around 95%.

At a recent meeting with Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, the Maternity Consumer Network requested more transparency in outcomes in the maternity sector, a restructuring of funding mechanisms and for the Commonwealth to take over the national maternity plan.

Locally, Alicia says, there is a need to ensure mothers can birth close to home, as this has the best outcomes. Community based clinics are disappearing and there is an increasing move towards relocating maternity care to metropolitan areas, contrary to evidence and recommendations by state and federal reviews. Alicia is currently working with Nicklin MP, Marty Hunt to re-open Nambour Hospital for birthing which, ideally, would include continuity of midwifery care to ensure the best outcomes for mothers and babies.

Supporting mothers through such an important time can really shape their experience of motherhood and well-supported mothers means better outcomes for both mother and child and for the whole community.

Come and hear about Alicia’s work and how you can join the conversation.


  • Date & Time:     9.30am – 11.00am
  • Venue: Lawson Shed, Memorial Avenue, Pomona
  • Cost: $3.00 donation includes morning tea
  • Bookings: Please call the Pomona Community House on 5485 2427
Maternity Consumer Network Flyer April 2018

Maternity Consumer Network Flyer April 2018