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New maternity care
model is welcomed
By BROOKE GARDINER
Expectant mothers are more likely to be able to
give birth in Queenstown rather than
enduring the long commute to Invercargill
thanks to changes about to be implemented at
Lakes District Hospital.
Staffing issues at the Frankton hospital had
left local women with no option but to birth out
of town, with some not even able to return to
the Wakatipu for post-birth care, in the past.
Southern District Health Board Director of
Midwifery Jenny Humphries said a board-led
review of the hospital's maternity staffing and
service models aimed to improve birthing
support offered to the increasing number of
expectant mothers in the area.
The hospital employed three midwives as lead
maternity carers but from June would change
their roles to midwives within the hospital's
''These midwives will staff the maternity unit
24/7 and provide support to self-employed
midwives and to the women that give birth in
the unit, as well as those transferring from
other maternity centres,'' she said.
Offering round-the-clock care would be a major
improvement and would better utilise the
services of the high number of independent
midwives in the Wakatipu because more
women would be able to give birth at Frankton
and avoid the commute to Invercargill.
''Currently it is not always possible for us to
provide post-natal care for women wishing to
use the service, due to limited staff availability.
This means mums and babies have to go
elsewhere for post-natal care, or are unable to
return to Lakes District Hospital.''
New mothers who transferred from another
maternity centre or base hospital would also
be able to access the guaranteed post-birth care
The board started making changes to
maternity services at the hospital late last
year. The new care model would ensure self-
employed midwives and new mothers could be
confident there would be post-birth care
available all-year-round, which had not been
the case in the past, Ms Humphries said.
''Dissatisfaction had previously been expres-
sed by some midwives and women about the
inconsistent access to maternity services.''
Big Mac a definite whopper
Big boy: Lee Hazlett and big
baby Mac who weighed in at
5.26kg or 11lb 10oz.
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER /
By BROOKE GARDINER
April Fool's Day arrival Mac
Hazlett certainly managed to
fool a few when he made his
entrance into the world at
Lakes District Hospital --
weighing in at an impressive
5.26kg (11lb 10oz).
Mac is believed to be the
biggest baby born at Lakes
District Hospital in at least 12
Hospital midwife Sue Wood
and Queenstown Midwives'
Siobhan Bissett, who delivered
Mac, could not recall a bigger
baby being delivered in the
''There have been some big
babies born but I think he just
tops the scales. There have
been none much bigger than
5kg,'' Mrs Bissett said.
Mac even managed to surprise
the midwife with 25 years of
experience, who expected he
would weigh in about 4.5kg.
''We screen really carefully in
Queenstown and I would want
to transfer people in the early
stages if there were any
concerns or if we feel babies
are too big.''
New parents Lee and Tom
Hazlett did not know they
were having a boy, let alone a
big baby, so went ahead and
used their chosen male name
which they'd been waiting to
use since before the birth of
their eldest child.
However, baby Mac had
already earned a nickname,
which his mother hoped he
might grow out of.
Her daughters, Kasey, 3, and
Danika, 2, weighed 4.25kg and
However, she said she might
have changed her mind had
she known how big Mac was.
Birthing in Queenstown had
enabled her to use the health
services of the local midwife
she had built a good relation-
ship with during her three
''I never thought that was a big
deal until I had her (Mrs
Bissett) here this time I
realised it was really good to
have that person you've built a
relationship with there.''
Mrs Hazlett spend two nights
at Lakes District Hospital
before going home.
''It was really good, they
wanted me to stay longer and
there was certainly no rush to
leave. I just wanted to get
home,'' she said.
Mrs Hazlett said she was
pleased to hear the Southern
District Health Board had
implemented changes to help
ensure all new mothers were
able to stay in hospital and get
the same level of support she
Courageous angel' at peace
One of Queenstown's much-loved
elderly angels, Rua Rout, died just
weeks short of her 97th birthday
at the Wakatipu Home on Sunday.
Mrs Rout was almost legendary in
the resort for her positive attitude
and contagious love of life, no
matter what. Mrs Rout is
survived by two children, seven
grandchildren and six great-
A funeral service will be held at St
Margaret's Presbyterian Church,
Frankton, at 2pm today.
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