“Like a second family”: Frankston mother thanks supportive staff after 10-week hospital journey

Peninsula Health midwife Meaghan Church, Esther Freeman and Banjo, with Associate Midwifery Unit Manager Saphron Bonner. Photo: Supplied. 

In the lead up to Mother’s Day this Sunday, mum Esther Freeman caught up with the midwives she describes as her “second family” after they supported her through one of the longest stays ever in our Maternity Unit.

Repeated bleeding meant the Frankston mother would spend the best part of 10 weeks at Frankston Hospital, before giving birth to a healthy baby boy named Banjo at 1.30pm on 3 March.

“It sounds like a cliche, but I could not have done it without them – everyone was just amazing,” says Esther, who dropped by this week to say thank you to registered nurse and midwife Meaghan Church and Associate Midwifery Unit Manager Saphron Bonner.

“I have so much gratitude for everyone: the midwives, the doctors, the people who cleaned my room. I just felt so supported and the whole situation was just so much more cushioned because of the staff.”

“I had so much joy bringing this new baby home, but there was this sadness of ‘where has all my family gone?’ – I could not have done it without them.”

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mums in our community. We have opportunities for midwives to join our amazing team – to find out how, go to our Careers web page.