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Rotary Peninsula 2.0 Birth Tree and local families raise $5000 for Special Care Nursery equipment

Kelly with her family at the Birth Tree in Frankston. 

Kelly Perkins knows first-hand the important role the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital plays in caring for babies on the Peninsula.

“When Tyler was born he had to spend a few days in the Special Care Nursery on CPAP (a breathing machine) before he could go home,” explains Kelly.

Tyler got to go home when he was four days old. Everything was going well but then when he was six weeks old, Tyler contracted meningitis.

“Because Tyler was so young he had to go to Frankston Hospital for five days.”

One year on and Tyler is thriving, turning one on 16 May.

Left: Tyler now. Right: Tyler in the Special Care Nursery after he was born.

He is one of 69 babies born in 2018 whose names are displayed on the recently unveiled plaque in Montague Park Frankston as part of the Rotary Peninsula 2.0 Birth Tree Project.

This year, the Birth Tree raised $5000 which was donated to the Special Care Nursery at Frankston Hospital to buy a special Humidifier, Laryngoscope, Heated mattresses and Nasal prongs.

The Somerville family, who are originally from New Zealand, decided to participate in the Birth Tree to support the hospital and to have a special spot for them to go as Tyler grows up.

“I have no family here so I thought it would be a good idea not only to support the Special Care Nursery and what they did, but just for me it will be quite sentimental for him when he gets older to understand exactly what everyone went through,” says Kelly.

Nikita Fielding also participated in the Birth Tree.

“My son Madden was born on New Year’s Eve so he is on the 2018 Birth Tree. My son Judd who is Two and half is on the 2016 Tree and this year we also put our oldest child Lila’s name on the Family Tree,” says Nikita.

“All of my kids were born at Frankston Hospital.”

Nikita grew up in Frankston herself, which is one reason why she decided to be part of the Birth Tree.

“I thought it would be nice for the children to have somewhere to go to look at the plaque while also having a play on the playground there.”

“It is also important for families to recognise the hard work that goes into the care that is given at the hospital. The money raised from the Birth Tree is definitely needed.”

Special Care Nursery, Nurse Unit Manager Alison Conroy Joyce thanked the Rotary Peninsula 2.0 for their support.

“This new equipment goes a long way to help us provide the very best of care to babies in Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula.”

Nikita and her family with Special Care Nursery Nurse Unit Manager Alison Conroy-Joyce at the Birth Tree. 

Find out more about fundraising for Peninsula Health here