District welcomes new additions to the family
Meet the newest additions to Sydney Local Health District’s family.
Catia Ibrahim was the first baby born at Canterbury Hospital in 2021 arriving at 1.09am on New Year’s Day.
The 2.798kg girl is the first child for doting parents Patricia and Michael Ibrahim.
“She’s a hungry munchkin. She’s already smiling and laughing. She’s so cheeky. She has a strong personality – she knows what she wants and when she wants it,” Patricia said.
The Ibrahim family was supported by Canterbury Hospital’s Midwives Clinic which provides care during the antenatal, birth and postnatal periods.
“It was a great experience. I’m so grateful to the midwives. They were relatable, open-minded, non-judgemental and offered us helpful advice and re-assurance,” Patricia said.
“And, the home visits after I was discharged from hospital have been invaluable. As first time parents, they’ve helped to make the transition as smooth as possible,” she said.
The Midwifery @ Home Program provides home visits by midwives who provide information, education and support in adapting to early parenting, including breast feeding.
At RPA, Llewellyn Mary Lum Mow was born at 7.47am on New Year’s Day weighing 2.73kg.
She’s the second child for Brianna and Ellis Lum Mow and a sister for two-year-old Jack.
“My dad’s mum is from Wales and Llewellyn is Welch name. I’ve always liked it. Her nickname is Lulu. She’s thriving and is sleeping well. And, Jack is sweet and gentle with her,” Brianna said.
Brianna and Ellis participated in the GP Antenatal Shared Care Program which enables GPs to provide care throughout pregnancy until the baby’s birth and on-going after hospital discharge.
“It was a positive experience for us. The midwives were amazing and we’re thankful for their support. They were cool, calm and collected throughout,” Brianna said.
Brianna also had midwives visit the family home after she was discharged from hospital.
“It was great to be in our own home and to be able to ask questions and get tips that were specific to our environment,” she said.
Both families have been referred to the local Child and Family Health service for ongoing follow-up and checks.