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Attending a cultural training session was enough to inspire Redland Hospital midwife Rebecca Clark to make a difference.
After hearing stories and concerns from local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums-to-be, Rebecca said she knew she wanted to create a culturally safe place to give birth at Redland Hospital.
Rebecca said it had been a wonderful experience to bring the beautiful room to life for mothers and their families, and that she had been overwhelmed by the support of everyone in the community.
“Artist Shara Delaney has created a beautiful mural to adorn the wall in the birth suite,” she said.
“The painting features a mother and baby in the middle of Quandamooka country.”
She said Health Equity and Access Unit capability officer Charlie Waters had carved and donated two Coolamons to weigh new babies born in the space while Alice Springs Aboriginal choir The Song Keepers had agreed to allow their music to be available to women to play in the special birthing place.
“Midwife and photographer Miriam Ackroyd took beautiful photos of one of our lovely clients Mala and her baby Mirri at Brown Lake on Minjerriba that will be hung in the birthing room to pass on strength from one mother to another and a connection to county.”
Rebecca said Janet Purcell from Birth Place had used material from Aboriginal Fabrics in Alice Springs to create a bed quilt for mum, cot quilt and pillows.
“To all of the people who helped bring this room together, the entire team I am privileged to work with, and most importantly the mothers and families who I am so blessed to work with, you are forever inspiring me and teaching me new things.
“This room is for you, your sisters and daughters so you may birth in a place surrounded by the strength of your culture and customs.”
Featured (front): Artist Shara Delaney