Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

End of an Era for Births at Nambour; Cooroy Mum Has Final Baby before Move

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

End of an Era for Births at Nambour; Cooroy Mum Has Final Baby before Move

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HER fifth baby was born an hour and a half after labour started last Wednesday, and was the final baby boy born at Nambour General Hospital.

Cooroy resident Hayley Townsend's mum drove 10kmh below the speed limit as they made their way to the hospital, just to be safe, but Ms Townsend said every minute ended up counting as she gave birth less than 30 minutes after arrival.

Her other four children had already met their new brother, who wouldn't be named for a few days, she said.

"They were all in shock - I'd been saying for months, 'baby's coming now'," she said. "And then all of a sudden..."

Ms Townsend had been shocked she ended up at Nambour when she'd been focused on using one of the birthing baths at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital, but she went into labour on the last day women could be admitted to Nambour hospital.

The midwives had run their only birthing bath for her, though, and were trained in water births.

"I only probably was in there for a minute or two minutes body relaxed and just calmed," she said. Her little boy arrived in the water as she'd hoped.

The final babies born at Nambour General Hospital last Wednesday also marked the end of an era for midwifery and childbirth on the Sunshine Coast, midwifery unit coordinator Cheryl Rutherford agreed.

Since its establishment in 1930 the Coast's original hospital has been the primary facility for childbirth, but birthing services and inpatient maternity services are now solely offered at the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service's new hospital in Birtinya.

Antenatal and postnatal services will remain at both public hospitals.

While there was nostalgia and some sadness among midwives, the overwhelming feelings were pride and excitement as the new maternity services opened at Sunshine Coast University Hospital, Ms Rutherford said.

Over 20 years renovations had transformed the ward and birth suite at Nambour to be more modern, more mother-focused and less sterile, but it was nothing compared to the new hospital at Birtinya, she said. …

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