Paying it Forward for Newborns
While Epworth Freemasons is a private, not-for-profit hospital, we’re acutely aware that not all mothers have access to the first-class facilities that we offer.
For women in developing nations, childbirth can be in unsanitary conditions with very little equipment.
A very generous donation to Epworth Medical Foundation recently has allowed us to not only provide the very best to our mothers and babies, but also an opportunity to pay it forward.
All of the cots that we no longer needed, along with a number of specialised birthing beds, have been sent overseas to help mothers welcome their newborns into the world, more comfortably.
Thanks to the wonderful team at Rotary Donations in Kind, our former equipment is now bound for:
Village medical clinics in Samoa
The National Referral Hospital, Honiara, in The Solomons
The GBC Christian Health Care Hospital in Joyramkura, Bangladesh
Adare Hospital in Ethiopia
Our new cots benefit our families as well as staff, with an easily adjustable height and lockable wheels. They’re even easy to jiggle from side to side – a handy feature when you’re trying to settle a newborn.
We are thrilled to be able to make a difference to the lives of mothers and babies, beyond our own hospital and ensure that equipment that’s still fit-for-purpose, is kept out of landfill.
We caught up with Dr Kent Kuswanto, Epworth obstetrician and gynaecologist to talk all things periods.
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