Oh baby! 258 babies were born at Nambour General Hospital in March.
Oh baby! 258 babies were born at Nambour General Hospital in March. Iain Curry

Baby boom breaks monthly birth record

THE pitter patter of tiny feet grew to a deafening roar at Nambour General Hospital in March as a baby boom broke the record for the number of babies born in one month. 

The hospital welcomed 258 newborn babies, beating the previous record of 253 births recorded in March last year. 

Women's and Family Services Acting Director, Keppel Schafer said the baby bonanza kept staff on their toes.

"I'd like to thank the staff in all areas who have again demonstrated great teamwork, flexibility, outstanding communication, and a commitment to providing great outcomes for the mothers and babies of the Sunshine Coast," Mr Schafer said.

"Many staff worked extra or longer shifts to ensure the new mums and babies received the best possible care."

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Mr Schafer said the hospital's postnatal follow up and support included a home visiting service available to any new mum following the birth of her baby.

"It's a great combination for families of early discharge and quality follow up support, where and when it is required," he said.

"The home visits enable midwives to give ongoing personalised feeding and other advice to new mums in the comfort of their own homes.

"Each day we have three cars out visiting new mothers and their babies in their homes, providing the right care and support to allow them to return home with confidence," Mr Schafer said.

Nambour General Hospital's Maternity Services provides antenatal, birthing and postnatal care including the Extended Midwifery Service. For more information call 5470 6600.