Gold Coast University Hospital has surpassed 5000 births in a calendar year for the first time.
The milestone birth arrived on Saturday at 6.23pm, with mum and bub discharged in the early hours of Christmas morning to enjoy their day at home.
They’ll have the first of two home visits from a Gold Coast Health midwife on Tuesday.
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Acting Service Director Women, Newborn and Children’s Services Hazel Brittain said demand for the health service’s full range of antenatal, birth, postnatal and neonatal care for women and their families was growing on the Gold Coast.
“We have witnessed a huge increase in women choosing to give birth at Gold Coast University Hospital,” she said.
“Our first full year at GCUH in 2014 saw 4799 births, last year we dropped back to 4754 births, and now we’ve cracked 5000. This is a real testament to the dedicated staff we have working with mums and their families in our maternity services area.
“From breast feeding advice, settling techniques to get baby to sleep, advice on immunisation and any post-natal issues – our staff have a wealth of knowledge that can be very reassuring for new mums,” Ms Brittain said.
Each family that births at GCUH is provided with a Parent Pack full of information on key local services and programs and a midwife will visit mum and baby twice at home in the first two weeks.
Gold Coast University Hospital is in the process of achieving Baby Friendly Health Initiative accreditation, an international acknowledgement of a healthcare environment which uses evidence-based practices where breastfeeding is the norm and practices known to promote the health and wellbeing of all babies.
Gold Coast Health provides a comprehensive and supportive birthing service to Gold Coast families, which includes fetal medicine services, a Newborn Care Unit, an 8-cot Neonatal Intensive Care Unit for specialist care post-delivery and services to support children right through their development.