First Baby Born at Epworth Geelong!

September 1, 2017| Epworth News /

Congratulation to Hamlyn Heights parents Sally and Ben Sanderson on the birth of Kit Gregory Sanderson, delivered by Obstetrician Dr Karl Najjar in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Baby Kit Gregory Sanderson born Sunday 27 August with Obstetrician Dr Karl Najjar, his delighted parents Ben and Sally and midwives Gabby Ryan and Camille Gordon- Photo credit:Louisa Jones Photography.

Kit’s birth came seven and a half weeks earlier than his due date, so he is currently in the hospital’s level 4, special care nursery.


The first time parents were a little surprised when Saturday’s lovely baby shower ended with Ms Sanderson feeling a bit tired and experiencing what she thought might be Braxton Hicks contractions. By early Sunday morning, the Epworth team and Dr Najjar were assembled, the Sandersons arrived and their baby son was born at 5.14am, weighing 1950gms.

As reported in the Geelong Advertiser, Ms Sanderson said Epworth was organised and ready to go.

There were no hiccups or anything. It was fantastic. We feel like VIPs and he’s a celebrity here.

Nurse Unit Manager Gabby Ryan drove down from Melbourne to welcome Epworth first baby. She said while they weren’t expecting the first baby to be Kit, born at 32 and a half weeks, everyone was waiting excitedly for the first birth.

Ms Ryan said that maternity bookings have far exceeded the hospital’s expectations and Epworth Geelong looks forward to welcoming many more babies in the near future.
“Our birthing suite has all the technology you would expect of a safe, modern unit. We provide wireless monitoring to enable mothers to move freely around the hospital prior to the birth and all rooms are equipped with a Point of Care device for patient education and entertainment. These terminals also provide medical and nursing team with essential clinical information at the bedside,” Ms Ryan added.

Facilities include:

  • four birthing suites

  • special care nursery

  • guaranteed private room with ensuite

  • complimentary first night for partners to stay in the room

  • choice of a-la-carte meals delivered when it suits the patient

  • a comprehensive education program

  • medical imaging, pathology and pharmacy services on site

Mother and family support programs include:

  • Pregnancy planning

  • Birthing classes

  • Refresher sessions for grandparents

  • Tours of the delivery suites, post-natal rooms and nursery.

With thanks to the Geelong Advertiser.

Media Inquiries: Colleen Coghlan 0423 777 452



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