2017 – bumper numbers all round

2017 – bumper numbers all round

With an average of 28 babies born each day, 2017 was a busy year for the 680 nurses and midwives employed across Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. Mater Mothers’ welcomed the 10 000th baby of the year on 27 December, just in time for the New Year.

Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Mothers, Babies and Women’s Health Services Maree Reynolds, said every birth was a special occasion at Mater.

“We are always excited in the countdown to our 10 000th baby for the year,” she said. “We are very proud that so many Queensland families trust Mater Mothers as their maternity service and we feel privileged to share in many precious first moments.”

With ABS reporting that 61 841 births were registered in Queensland in 2016, Ms Reynolds said that means one-in-six Queensland babies are born at Mater Mothers.

“Our reputation as a hospital that provides a very high level of care and expertise is something we are very proud of and this is evident by the large number of babies born at Mater each year.”

Counting by numbers

  • The busiest day of the year was 14 June, with 47 babies born, while the busiest month so far has been June with 917 babies born across Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Mater Mothers’ Private Brisbane and Mater Mothers’ Private Redland.
  • There have been 413 multiple births—made up of 202 sets of twins and 3 sets of triplets.
  • The top names for babies born at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals were Charlotte, Olivia and Zoe for girls; and William, Oliver and James for boys.
  • Since opening, there have been more than 17 560 presentations to Mater Mothers’ Hospitals Pregnancy Assessment Centre. The purpose-built 24/7 Pregnancy Assessment Centre (PAC) opened in April 2017 to care for women with pregnancy complications from the very beginning of pregnancy through until six weeks after their baby has been born.
  • It’s been a big year for the Mater Centre for Maternal Fetal Medicine who provide diagnosis and management of complex pregnancy problems. During 2017 the team performed two in-utero spinal surgeries for spina bifida and one fetal surgery for congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Sixteen patients had laser surgery for twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome and 11 intrauterine fetal transfusions were performed for babies with fetal anaemia, in addition to more than 17 000 services including ultrasound scans.
  • More than 2000 seriously ill and premature babies from across south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales required the specialist life-saving care provided at Mater Mothers’ Hospitals’ Neonatal Critical Care Unit.
  • Since implementing room service in the Mater Mother’s Hospitals in January 2017, an average of 8447 meals per month have been delivered to maternity patients, decreasing plate waste by 20 per cent.

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