Sunday, June 27, 2010

A year in review -part 2

It is just one year since the formation of Aitex Private Midwifery Services (APMS), and I am reflecting on the question, "How has APMS performed in the past 12 months?"

[The business model I had prior to 2009 was that I was self-employed. The difference with the APMS business model is that I now employ other midwives, as well as personally being employed by APMS]

The goals for the year 2009-2010 were:
APMS intends to establish a robust business model for achieving its purposes. Prior to July 2010, APMS aims to:
• provide primary maternity care for (x) women
• employ and mentor two midwives as primary maternity care providers, and as ‘second midwife’ for planned homebirths
After 1 July 2010, with changes in legislative arrangements for midwives, APMS aims to
• find ways of providing ongoing private midwifery services
• provide support for women and midwives affected by the legislative changes
Long term goals include midwife education in caseload primary maternity care practice and homebirth; consumer education; and mother to mother peer support.

The following notes are condensed from the APMS Annual Report.

1. The business model has been developed.

2. Midwives employed by APMS have signed employment agreements, submitted time sheets for hours worked, and are paid by APMS. Superannuation has been paid when midwives have earned $450 or more in a month.

3. Clients have been receiving primary maternity care through their pre, intra, and postnatal episode.

4. The three midwives have been employed and mentored.

5. Plans for AFTER 1 July: One midwife has indicated her interest in continuing as a midwife in private practice, and has agreed to working as the first APMA 'partner'. Another midwife has spoken to me about coming under a mentorship agreement.

6. Midwives in private practice are required to have professional indemnity insurance to cover prenatal and postnatal services after 1 July 2010. Homebirth is exempt. All APMS midwives will confirm that they have appropriate indemnity insurance.

7. At present two insurance products are available [see MiPP blog]. The APMS fee for primary care has been increased by $100 to pass on that extra cost to the clients.

8. Midwives who attend women for homebirth are required to inform their clients of the lack of indemnity insurance for homebirth. An agreement form which clients and midwife sign acknowledging the lack of insurance has been developed.

APMS employment model
Since a midwife in private practice works with individual women, the APMS employment model links the midwives to the women who engage us for private midwifery services.

This model enables midwives to be employed either as a partner/colleague, or at an agreed rate of pay that compares favourably with the rate that midwife would be paid as a casual employee in a hospital, but is the same regardless of weekends or public holidays.

Vision for the future
I envisage growth in APMS, with increasing numbers of women receiving maternity care, and increasing numbers of midwives being supported and mentored through this practice.
I envisage good birthing outcomes in the care of APMS midwives.
I envisage a robust midwifery workforce, developing strong midwife identities, engaging in ongoing learning and professional development, and reflective, critical practices.
I envisage midwives who are located distant from Melbourne coming under the APMS employment and mentoring model.
I envisage expanded opportunities for peer support by mothers and midwives through APMS
I envisage midwife partners mentoring others, as part of their roles in this practice.

Note: Part 1 of this review is at the villagemidwife blog

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