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600 births a year – that is hard labour

Acting nurse unit manager Alicia Sileni and midwife Sarah Woodward showed Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg around Gladstone Hospital's maternity unit.
Acting nurse unit manager Alicia Sileni and midwife Sarah Woodward showed Queensland Health Minister Lawrence Springborg around Gladstone Hospital's maternity unit. Brenda Strong

GLADSTONE Hospital is delivering around 600 babies a year, and the numbers just keep growing.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg also stopped in at the maternity ward on his hospital visit yesterday, where Sarah Woodward was one of four midwives who benefited from a Santos GLNG-sponsored midwifery scholarship last year.

Acting nurse unit manager Alicia Sileni said the hospital was delivering on average 50 babies a month.

"It's around 600 a year and the numbers are increasing, which reflects the practice," she said.

"It's a busy place - almost like an emergency department with a lot of women coming in and out."

Santos GLNG Gladstone regional manager Garry Scanlan said each of the proponents had invested heavily in health services as they were crucial to the town.

"The midwives have done a great job updating the midwifery unit and the LNG proponents and Bechtel also helped them source some furniture that's got these fantastic birthing suites up and running," he said.

Ms Sileni, who is also an expecting mum-to-be, said they were getting many comments about how great the birthing units were.

"But like everything, there's always room for improvement," she said.

Topics:  baby, gladstone hospital, health, maternity




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