Kylie Van Netten (left) and Jordan, Kirstie Ivins and Hailey, Coby Bholah and Phoenix, Kerry Christensen and Bella, Shandelle Harding and Levi and Tamsin Olsen and Ayla with Letitia McDonald (front) and Bailey.
Kylie Van Netten (left) and Jordan, Kirstie Ivins and Hailey, Coby Bholah and Phoenix, Kerry Christensen and Bella, Shandelle Harding and Levi and Tamsin Olsen and Ayla with Letitia McDonald (front) and Bailey. Alistair Brightman

Mums deliver 21 bundles of joy

MIDWIVES on the Fraser Coast have been making more deliveries than Australia Post.

A veritable baby boom has seen Hervey Bay Hospital’s maternity ward filled with 21 sets of new parents in just 72 hours.

The 21 mothers had the chance to get to know each other earlier this week when they gave birth to new additions to their families.

Thirteen babies were born within 48 hours last weekend; another eight were born on Monday.

Sunshine Coast-Wide Bay Health Service District northern cluster manager Beth Norton said Hervey Bay Hospital had started the year with a solid birth rate.

There had been an increase in birthing numbers during recent years, Ms Norton said, meaning it was now usual to have so many babies born within such a short time frame.

Seventy-three babies were born last January compared to 90 for the month in 2008 and 86 in 2006. The lightest baby born during this latest baby boom weighed 6lb (2.7kg) while the heaviest was 9lb 11oz (4.3kg).

Mum Kylie Van Netten could not decide whether it was comforting or not to know other women were going through labour pain at the same time as her:

“You could hear the other women screaming – it was like a chain reaction,” she laughed.



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