New mothers in Canberra’s north are joining their southern sisters with the opening of an innovative birth centre at the Calvary Hospital, reports The Canberra Times.
Designed to replicate services already available to new mums at the Canberra Hospital, the state-of-the-art birth centre was officially opened by Chief Minister Katy Gallagher on Friday.
More than 100 people joined Ms Gallagher, Archbishop of the Diocese of Canberra and Goulburn Christopher Prowse, and chair of the Little Company of Mary Health Care John Watkins for the opening.
Dunlop couple Celeste and Toby Dalwood were the first to use the facility, with daughter Lyla arriving on Wednesday. 'It was amazing. Obviously it is something I haven't done before and the midwife was just fantastic and the whole experience was very positive,' said Mrs Dalwood.
'I signed up late in the process but it was fantastic to have Cindy, the midwife, come and visit me at home and get to know her before the baby was born. The room was really great. Had he wanted to, my husband could have stayed and slept. I will certainly be recommending it.'
The centre’s two rooms feature large accommodation spaces for mothers, newborns and visitors, as well as a full bathroom and a child play space.
Photo: Bishop Prowse with Katy Gallagher and John Watkins
FULL STORY Calvary Hospital birth centre opens (The Canberra Times)