Jan 31
Baby boom in Orange!

2011 was an exceptionally exciting year for the Orange Health Service. Not only did staff and services move into the new hospital, but they also welcomed a record number of new babies to the world!

955 bouncing bundles of joy arrived at Orange Health Service in 2011, the highest number on record.

Women’s and Infants Acting Maternity Unit Manager Jenny Soar said Orange’s baby boom has kept the staff and the stork on their toes. 

“We were all certainly kept very busy last year, especially in October, when we welcomed 102 babies, almost one more per day than the previous month.

“I’m not sure what we can attribute the baby boom to, but I would like to congratulate all the new parents and also the staff on doing a consistently wonderful job.” Ms Soar said.

 

Orange Health Service Birth Statistics:

 

 

2011

Births

January

77

February

78

March

83

April

71

May

75

June

80

July

84

August

79

September

73

October

102

November

63

December

90

Year

Births

2001

785

2002

766

2003

817

2004

772

2005

787

2006

882

2007

940

2008

903

2009

912

2010

873

2011

955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Health Service is continuing to implement new and innovative models of care to give families in Orange and the surrounding communities increased birthing choices.

“We have very successfully introduced the popular Community Midwifery Program, which allows eligible new mothers to receive their post natal care at home. We are also eagerly awaiting the implementation of the Orange Midwifery Group Practice Program (Know Your Midwife), which will see one midwife provide the majority of care to an expecting mother throughout her pregnancy, birth and postnatal period.

“We are certainly very proud of our new facility, and the feedback from the new parents has been positive. It’s hoped that the new facility and our innovative programs will continue to attract midwives to work with us also.” Ms Soar said.

 

Media Opportunity: The New Parents Group will be meeting at the Orange Family Support Service, 211 March Street Orange on Tuesday 31st January 2012 at 11.30am.