Double take: Joanne Allen, of Lismore, with her twins Ruby Mae (left) and Lachlan Francis born last Wednesday at Lismore Base Hospital.
Double take: Joanne Allen, of Lismore, with her twins Ruby Mae (left) and Lachlan Francis born last Wednesday at Lismore Base Hospital. Jacklyn Wagner

Mums' delight in baby boom

LISMORE Base Hospital staff members are wondering if ‘something was in the water’ nine months ago after being hit by an unexpected baby boom last week.

Midwives helped deliver 31 babies from Monday to Sunday in what was a very busy and unusual period.

On Friday, there were 24 mothers and babies at the hospital including six babies who were born that day.

Joanne Allen was one of the many mothers giving birth at the hospital last week.

“I was meant to have it on Thursday but I ended up coming in on Wednesday and gave birth,” the now mother-of-three said.

“They were busy and I was a bit early but the staff have been great and the paediatricians have kept an eye on them (babies).”

Mrs Allen who works as a nurse at the hospital said there were four other mothers at the hospital in labour while she was giving birth to her twins, Lachlan Francis and Ruby Mae.

Mrs Allen was one of a few mothers to have twins last week, in what the Lismore Base Hospital acting midwifery unit manager, Brad Mills believes made up for the large number of births.

“We are at half our month’s quota,” Mr Mills said.

“They were just rolling in and we had three sets of twins this past week.”

Mr Mills said usually they deliver about 120 babies each month and they had delivered 69 babies this month so far.

There were extra staff on during each shift throughout the baby boom to help out with the ongoing flow of deliveries.

“It was full and we had a lot of people coming and going into and out of the birth suite and then we were brining them up to the ward,” Mr Mills said.

“Then there were new admissions and then discharges. It was busy.”

The maternity ward was at full capacity and hospital staff had to bring up extra beds and double up in some rooms to accommodate all the new mothers.

“Everyone is saying there is something in the water but there is no solid reason for it,” Mr Mills said.



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