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Beaudesert Hospital has marked a significant milestone celebrating the birth of its 1000th baby on 6 November.
Rylen Patrick MacDonald was born by caesarean section on 6 November at 12:44pm, weighing 9 pound, 15 ounces (4.51kg).
Mum Chloe Cook and Dad Curtis MacDonald were thrilled to welcome their new bundle of joy, made all the more exciting by the fact that he was the 1000th baby.
“Rylen is my first baby so I was pretty excited just to be here to see him for the first time!” Chloe said. “It was a plus to hear that he was the 1000th though so I’m pleased to have had so many of the staff keen to celebrate his birth.”
Beaudesert Hospital midwife Kelly O’Hagen said there had been a lot of friendly rivalry amongst the midwives as to who would help deliver the 1000th baby.
“I very quickly elbowed everybody out of the way when I realised it could be me,” Kelly laughed.
Nursing and Midwifery Director Jacquie Smith said it was important for Beaudesert Hospital to celebrate milestones in the same way we all measure birthdays.
“Despite our birthing service at Beaudesert Hospital being only four years old, our 1000th birth really does signify a coming of age for our rural maternity service and we are all really proud of the role we play for women in this community.
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