Babies boom at The Townsville Hospital
31 January 2018
It’s been a baby bonanza at The Townsville Hospital with a baby born almost every hour last Thursday.
The birth suite experienced its busiest day recorded in over a decade with the number of babies skyrocketing from an average seven to 20 in a 24-hour period.
Townsville Hospital midwifery unit manager Sari Holland said the baby boom took place on January 25 and well exceeded the usual number of births at the hospital.
“We haven’t had anywhere near this amount of newborn babies welcomed at our hospital in a very long time,” she said.
“Our team was thrilled to welcome 10 boys and 10 girls and have been privileged to see local families expand their broods.”
Ms Holland said the influx of babies had left staff in the birth suite and maternity unit euphoric.
“Sometimes the joy and happiness of new babies is just too infectious and that has certainly been the case lately with the ward abuzz with new mums and dads, doting big brothers and sisters and proud grandparents, aunties and uncles all excited to meet their new family member.
“While welcoming 20 babies in 24 hours makes for what can seem like a hectic environment, our team takes it in their stride to do everything they can to support soon-to-be mums and their families.
“Everyone from our clinical staff to our administrative and operational services staff are instrumental in these busy periods and I have to recognise the role they all play in ensuring that we provide first-class care to women and babies.
“We are incredibly lucky to have such invested staff and seeing the love surrounding the arrival of so many babies in such a short period of time reaffirms that we have the best job in the world.”