Giving the Gift of Safe Birth, Dignity and Joy
In Australia, welcoming a new baby into your family is an exciting and wonderful experience. However, that’s not the case for women in some parts of the world.
For many women in poor or remote regions of the world, childbirth can literally be a matter of life or death. They can experience prolonged, unsupervised labours which can result in the loss of the baby and horrific injuries to the mother, including Obstetric Fistula.
In partnership with the Barbara May Foundation, Epworth Obstetrician and Gynacologist, Dr Samantha Hargreaves, and Neo-Natal specialist, Dr Lisa Fox, have seen the differences first-hand and are working hard to make a difference. They’ve both spent time working at the Vision Maternity Care (VMC) where they assisted the hospital with the day-to-day operational activities and provided valuable training to the midwives and Dr Birhanu Menber.
“It is clear that the hospital’s popularity is increasing and I suspect it will only get busier. Much of what we were asking of the staff does mean more work for them and it is likely that more midwives will need to be employed. I am absolutely amazed at what they have been able to achieve since 2012 and firmly believe their dedication and passion is behind the success. While it was not always easy, it was a privilege to work beside the VMC team and I hope they learned as much from Lisa and I as we learned from them.”
- Dr Lisa and Sam
We caught up with Dr Kent Kuswanto, Epworth obstetrician and gynaecologist to talk all things periods.
Recipes brought to you by the Epworth team. You can’t stop at one slice and you’ll never know it’s gluten free! Slice & serve warm.
It’s been a year since we’ve been following sisters Alex and Jane’s bubs - Charlotte and Lola. It’s been a year since they both gave birth to their daughters, one at Epworth Freemasons and the other at Epworth Geelong. Let’s find out how life has changed since then.
An ovarian cyst is a fluid filled sac or pouch which forms on the ovary. Ovarian cysts, in most cases are harmless and resolve on their own. If the cyst is cancerous, it requires medical intervention. Ovarian cysts are common in women of childbearing age.
With 1 in 10 infants now developing a food allergy, being conscious of what you are buying and how you prepare food is more important than ever.