Grafton kept busy with babies
NEW parents Garbrielle and Daniel Croft welcomed their fifth child into the world during a busy month for Grafton.
Forty-six babies were born in April this year, including one set of twins.
Little Mackenzie Croft was one of the last babies to scrape through, born on April 30 after a one hour labour.
While the number of babies born last month was well over the average of 35, proud father Daniel Croft said you wouldn't even know they were busy.
"The midwives here really make you feel like you're at home," he said.
"The support was here from the minute we came in and as a support person myself I felt really involved in the process."
Mrs Croft said she had been involved with most of the midwives in some way during her pregnancy after an attempt to induce birth on April 17.
One of those involved in her care was Midwifery Unit manager Angie Garland, who has been on the job at the Grafton Hospital for 20 years.
"Can I say it's the best job in the world?" she asked.
"Every day presents new challenges - (giving birth) a huge physical and psychological strain, but also a huge challenge in your life.
"Helping parents through that and having a beautiful baby at the end of it makes it worth it."
Ms Garland said she recently started to deliver second-generation babies, that is, babies of babies she has delivered.
"Other midwives here are going into delivering their third generation babies," she said.
"There's certainly advantages to being in a small community; one of those is that you do get to know people."
There are 33 midwives, part time and full time, who work at the Grafton Base Hospital, and Ms Garland said the huge range of experience made up a fabulous work team.
"I've got people who got 40 years of experience, two new students and we're nurturing a new graduate," she said.
"They're hardworking and dedicated - you have to be to be a midwife I think."
"When people are stressed and in pain they can do and say interesting things but what happens in the birthing room stays in the birthing room."