New Mums Are Being Pushed Out Of Hospital Hours After Giving Birth, Says AMA

The Australian Medical Association says more needs to be done to support new mums

January 05 2017

"If we are really serious about post-natal depression prevention, and we should be, if we are serious about supporting women in breastfeeding, and we should be, if we are serious about giving our children the best possible start in life, then this trend surely has to stop,” Dr Gannon continued.


"We need a bit more compassion and care in looking after women who have given birth to babies."


A spokesperson for Western Australia's Health Department has denied Dr Gannon’s claims, stating the hospitals do not discharge anyone unless it is appropriate to do so.


"If there are clinical circumstances that mean the timeframes are not appropriate, then mother and baby will remain in hospital until they are ready for discharge," the spokesman tells ABC.


"Following discharge, women receive continued care from the Visiting Midwifery Service up to five days following birth.


"Current, contemporary, evidence-based practice indicates that it is beneficial for patients to be cared for in their home environment when clinically appropriate."