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New state-of-the-art beds for Longreach Hospital birthing unit

Wednesday 7 July 2021

News_New state-of-the-art beds for Longreach Hospital birthing unit

Longreach Hospital’s popular birthing unit has been made even more comfortable for birthing mothers and their newborns.

Acting Maternity Manager Meri Howden said the birthing unit had just received a new, state-of-art birth bed, as well as three new baby cots.

“The new birth bed is more manoeuvrable than the previous one, can adjust to more positions and is all-round more convenient to use,’’ she said.

“The three new, height adjustable baby cots also are an improvement on the previous ones.

“They can be moved close to mum’s bed so that she can easily reach her hand out to touch and soothe baby while still remaining in her own bed.

“The new birth beds and cots will help further enrich the birthing experience in our maternity unit.’’

The Longreach Hospital birthing unit, which was completed in April 2018 as part of a major redevelopment of the hospital, offers three single ensuite post-natal rooms, a birth suite, a maternity assessment room, a nursery and an equipment room.

On average, about 60 babies a year at born in the Longreach Hospital birthing unit.

Ms Howden said 41 babies so far had been born at the hospital.

The hospital experienced a significant spike in births in January and February and expects to record more than the average 60 births by the end of this year.

“There’s little doubt the surge in births for the beginning of this year is connected to the pandemic lockdown in early 2020,’’ Ms Howden said.

“In addition, I believe some mums that might have otherwise travelled outside the region to give birth decided it was safer to stay within the Central West and birth here at our excellent birthing unit.

“I think this trend will continue this year with more women deciding to stay and birth in the Central West, so we are already arranging to offer additional antenatal courses for local women and their partners and preparing for a big year.

“In fact, we’re about to enter a traditionally busy birthing time of the year over the next two to three months, so the new beds have arrived at a very opportune time.’’

The Central West Health maternity service operates as a Midwifery Group Practice, where each woman is assigned a known midwife who will provide most of her care pre, during and post birth.

The maternity service midwifery staff are supported by allied health professionals and General Practitioners with specialist training in obstetrics.

Women also have the options of shared care with their regular GP or private care with a GP obstetrician in Longreach.


Longreach Hospital Acting Maternity Manager Meri Howden with the new birthing bed and one of the new baby cots.

For further information contact:

James Guthrie
Principal Media Officer, Rural and Remote Qld
Media and Communication
Department of Health
(07) 3708 5379

Last updated: 7 July 2021