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Looking after mothers and babies

Looking after mothers and babies

A mother’s story – after a difficult birth Jennifer welcomed Zak into the world

Jennifer did not have an easy pregnancy or an easy birth. When she was 26 weeks pregnant, she found out she had a very low blood platelet count, which can cause bleeding.

To treat her low platelet count Jennifer had to have four blood transfusions, which involved an urgent visit to the Emergency Department, waiting around for results, having to attend the Maternity Unit for transfusions – and a lot of frustration and worry for Jennifer and the staff treating her.

After a difficult birth Jennifer welcomed Zak into the world.

Jennifer has nothing but praise for the nurses who looked after her and Zak. “They were very good, really lovely, caring and helpful.” she says.

“Looking back, it was something to go through but now I’ve got a beautiful baby boy who is doing well. I can’t fault the care that Zak received and is continuing to receive at Peninsula Health at his check-ups and appointments with our paediatrician.”

New services

We have now opened a dedicated Transfusion Clinic at Frankston Hospital to make it easier for people like Jennifer to get transfusions quickly and easily, without having to be admitted to a ward.

Read more about the innovative initiatives we have implemented over the last 12 months to improve our services to you and the Mornington Peninsula community in our 2016 Quality of Care report.