Baby Maverick (weighing a healthy 3.3kg) with his proud parents Jane and Joel from Wimbledon Heights, Cowes.

MOTHER’S Day is celebrated over 200 times a year at Wonthaggi Hospital as mothers welcome their new babies into the world.

So, with a baby boom happening across the state, we asked the experts at Bass Coast Health why more mums from Grantville, Cowes, Inverloch, and across our local region, are choosing Wonthaggi Hospital as the place to support their birthing experience.

“Wonthaggi Hospital is proud to be delivering safe, high-quality maternity services, with a skilled and compassionate maternity and obstetric team, in a spacious and recently updated maternity unit,” they said.

“The midwifery ward offers mums and partners their own birthing suites equipped with all of the essentials including private bathroom, wardrobe, a fridge, and personal touches added by the midwifes. Fathers and support people are encouraged to be present at each baby’s birth and are welcome to stay overnight, making the experience even more special.

“The midwifery team and obstetricians deliver high calibre care with passion and commitment.

“Employed directly by Bass Coast Health, they develop strong bonds with the families they serve and are committed to providing continuity of care for everyone, across the prenatal, birth and early post-natal journey. This means that mothers and their families see the same faces after leaving hospital with regular visits from the midwives in the comfort of their home.”

Bass Coast Health is constantly improving accessibility for local mothers with antenatal and postnatal services offered at Cowes and Wonthaggi and future planning soon to include midwife clinics at Grantville.

“Further holistic care for mothers and women in the community is also on the Bass Coast Health agenda. With gynaecology and breast care services already available and increasing, a specialist Women’s Health Clinic to further advance and improve the health and wellbeing of women is under development.”

The services will include reproductive health, sexual health, menopause and will cater for other women’s health needs. This is an exciting service for local mothers and women who have had to travel outside the community to access some of these services in the past.

First Mother’s Day

One first time mother who will proudly celebrate this Mother’s Day is Jane Mitchell who gave birth to her son Maverick Joel Kent on April 29, 2021 with her partner Joel by her side.

New mother Jane said she got to know the obstetric and midwifery team in the lead up to the birth, checking in every two weeks on her needs and, importantly, the health of baby Maverick along the way.

“When we arrived at Wonthaggi Hospital, the midwifery team were calm and knew what to do.

“They made me comfortable and made me feel at ease. The birth went really well, and my midwife Amie Brinkman and student midwife Maddi Carew did not leave my side. They were attentive and encouraging.

“I felt they were as excited about Maverick arriving as I was, and they stayed on after the birth.”

Partner Joel said he also felt comfortable and at ease in the Wonthaggi Hospital.

“I could not speak more highly about the level of care, attention and safety we experienced.”

Joel supported the birth and said staying the night was a wonderful bonding experience.

The continuity of care has been a part of the positive experience for Jane and Joel, who are now receiving visits from midwifes in the comfort of their home.

For expectant mums or families planning their birth, Jane had this message: “Have confidence in the midwifes and obstetricians – they are passionate, caring and attentive.”

“It doesn’t matter which midwife or doctor you see; the care is exemplary. They are a great support from hospital to home. I could not speak more highly of the Bass Coast team.”

Jane is looking forward to celebrating this Mother’s Day for the first time with baby Maverick and partner Joel. The maternity services team at Wonthaggi

Hospital is looking forward to celebrating many more special days that mark Mother’s Day as more women in the Bass Coast Region become mothers and safely welcome their new babies into the world.

To access BCH’s free, bulked billed services during the ante-natal, birth and post-natal period, phone 5671 3201.