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It’s party time, baby! Ingham birthing service celebrates fifth birthday

Student midwife Kaycee Keidge, clinical midwife/registered nurse Vera Tate, clinical midwife Kelly Geddes, registered midwife Kierra Faulkner and clinical midwife team leader Virginia Meyjes.

Ingham Health Service’s midwifery and obstetric team are rolling out the streamers and blowing up balloons in preparation for a fifth-birthday bash, celebrating five years of the low-risk birthing service in the community. Midwifery lead Virginia Meyjes said the birthing service had grown over the past five years.

“Since low-risk birthing was reintroduced to Ingham we have been lucky enough to help 233 babies enter the world,” Virginia said.

“I think as we have become more established in the community, women with low-risk pregnancies have felt safe accessing our birthing service,” she said.

“Every year we’ve seen an increase in women accessing our service, with 60 babies born at the Ingham Health Service last year.”

Virginia said the team were excited to celebrate the half-decade milestone and would be inviting along all the families who had used the service.
“Our team provide one-to-one midwifery care to low-risk pregnant women in the Hinchinbrook area, and because of that one-to-one care we get to know our clients really well,” she said.

“Having an opportunity to celebrate with the families is really important because this service is for them; it’s about allowing women to have a choice and, where possible, keeping them close to their home and support networks.”

Former clients of the service are invited to a birthday celebration at 11am on Saturday, July 3 at the Tyto Wetlands for a sausage sizzle, cake and kids’ activities.

Fun facts about the birthing service:

• The team have helped welcome 233 babies into the world, 127 boys and 106 girls
• The busiest days of the week are Tuesday and Thursday, while Saturday is the quietest
• The most common girls name is Elise and the most common boys name is Lincoln

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