Record births in July - News Coverage

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3 August 2017




Northern Health delivered a record number of births in the month of July, with 348 newborns at the Northern Hospital, Epping. In the same period last year, 329 babies were born at the Northern Hospital, a record which stood until February this year, when 340 were delivered.

Northern Health provides care for people from three of the nation’s ten fastest growing suburbs; South Morang, Craigieburn and Epping, of the northern growth corridor which is expected to grow by over 220,000 people between 2016 and 2031.

Northern Health General Manager, Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Jodie Ashworth, congratulated the families and praised Northern Health maternity staff for their passionate work.

“Northern Health provides comprehensive and expert maternity care for women in Melbourne’s unique, multicultural north. Our dedicated nurses, midwives, doctors and specialists work collaboratively in providing outstanding health care to families of our community,” she said.

“Our maternity staff have been very busy this month bringing new members into our community, including 180 boys and 168 girls with four sets of twins. We are proud of the work that we do for our community, and privileged to have played a part in such an important time for so many families,” said Ms Ashworth.

“In February this year, Northern Health officially opened its first Koori Maternity Birthing Room at the Northern Hospital Epping. The service aims to provide accessible and culturally appropriate pregnancy care that improves birth outcomes for Koori families and strengthens Northern Health’s connections with our diverse community.”

“In the 2016-17 Financial Year Northern Health an average of 69 each week, this figure rose to 79 per week for the month of July 2017,” she said.

Maternity Services at Northern Health comprise of 28 beds, nine delivery suites, an assessment clinic, access to a private midwifery program and a Level 2 Special Care Nursery.