Beaudesert Hospital welcomes 1000th baby

WHEN Chloe Cook and Curtis MacDonald welcomed their firstborn into the world last week they also took part in a monumental milestone for the Beaudesert Hospital maternity unit.

As the 1000th baby born since birthing services were returned to Beaudesert in 2014, baby Rylen already knows what it means to be the centre of attention. Born at 12.44pm on November 6, Rylen weighed in at 4.51 kilograms – nine pounds fifteen ounces in old terminology.

Mr MacDonald said the birth was timed well.

“We had asked him to turn up in the morning-ish, so it turned out well,” he said. 

Ms Cook said she had been in labour for four days but it was all worth it.

“They broke my waters on Tuesday about 10am but I ended up having him by caesarean section.”

Midwives at the hospital said there had been some competition to see who would deliver the 1000th baby but in the end it was Dr Brendon Evans who had the honour.

Dr Evans came to Beaudesert from Warwick earlier this year and is a highly respected obstetrician and much welcomed addition to the maternity team.

The ladies from the Beaudesert Hospital Auxilliary who run the kiosk facilities heard the 1000th baby was due, they wanted to do something to mark the occasion so Gloria Percy set about knitting a unique and intricate shawl, bonnet and booties for the bub, presented to the family by  Pat Burnett and Vivienne Todd..

Afternoon tea with a celebratory cake saw hospital staff joining Ryland’s family for a celebration and giving them a jumpsuit for the baby and a photo frame, both embossed with his 1000th baby title.

Nursing and midwifery director Jacquie Smith said Rylen’s birth was a significant milestone.

“It’s quite special to me too because I was part of the team that brought birthing services back to Beaudesert after a ten year drought,” she said. “This is such an achievement for everyone involved, it’s reached all our hearts.”

Ms Smith said the achievement was thanks to supporters including the maternity team, hospital administration and Redland Hospital’s director of obstetrics Dr Wendy Dutton.