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About Us

The Perinatal Advice Referral and Liaison Service (PEARLS) provides both advice and referrals for pregnant women experiencing a complicated pregnancy. Sometimes women have a medical condition which requires our expert care and at other times it is the unborn baby that requires our expert care. We understand experiencing a complicated pregnancy can be a stressful and challenging time and our PEARLS team will assist you by co-ordinating the services that will support you and your baby’s health. PEARLs will receive a referral from your health care provider.

Our service to you

Our expert team of specialist midwives, nurses, doctors and surgeons work together to ensure you and your baby receive the best care. The PEARLS are a team of experienced midwives and nurses who will care for you when:
  • your baby requires surgery soon after birth
  • your baby needs a planned admission to Neonatal Intensive Care
  • you have a major medical condition
  • you have a complex pregnancy
  • you need added specialist support through your pregnancy and childbirth

 

PEARLS Midwifery Care

In your pregnancy, your PEARLS midwife will provide you a direct mobile phone number to contact for:
  • all your questions, concerns and
  • co-ordinate your antenatal, birth & postnatal care
  • complete your Parent Education programme, including breast feeding your baby
  • discuss keeping your labour and birth normal
  • record your Birth Plan
  • offer you orientation to Birth Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Grace Centre for Newborn Care at the Children’s Hospital Westmead, so you become familiar with these places before your baby is born
  • if you are travelling from interstate, intrastate, or overseas, we will help you arrange to stay close to Westmead Hospital, while you await the birth of your baby and, if needed, after baby is born.

 

Babies and surgery at the Children’s Hospital

Once your baby is born at Westmead Hospital, and needs surgery in the first few weeks of life, care will be shared with the Grace Centre for Newborn Care at the Children’s Hospital Westmead.

The PEARLS team meet with Maternal and Fetal Medicine Specialists, Neonatal Intensive Care doctors and surgeons, to plan the care for your baby’s birth, and transfer to the Children’s Hospital Westmead. A mobile intensive care will be ready at your birth and to move your baby around the two specialist hospitals.

 

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"The PEARLS team will assist you by co-ordinating the services that will support you and your baby’s health"