Study examines FIFO mums’ needs

Researchers at the St John of God Murdoch Hospital’s Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research have embarked on a study to discover if new mothers who are fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) workers or whose partners are FIFO workers, have the same needs as those who are not FIFO workers.

The study will involve focus groups and surveys with new mothers who have recently delivered their babies at St John of God Murdoch, Subiaco and Bunbury hospitals so that both regional and metropolitan perspectives are recorded.

Previous research indicated that about 15.5% of maternity patients at St John of God Murdoch Hospital identified as having a FIFO partner (Reilly et al., 2015).

Dr Gail Ross-Adjie says the results from the study will inform how we deliver care to these new mothers in the ante-natal and early post-partum periods.

“We want to ensure we have everything in place to help these new mothers who might have not have all the support they need at home,” Dr Ross-Adjie says.

“Gaining their feedback will give us insight into exactly how we can better meet their needs.”

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