Wall of a time at Eddie’s
KING Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) has celebrated World Prematurity Day with a Mother’s Honour Wall, featuring more than 550 WA mothers and babies.
WA Governor Kerry Sanderson, who is patron of the Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), unveiled the wall that recognises the mothers and babies that have helped shape the hospital.
WIRF executive director John Newnham said the honour wall was a unique project, which would support research to prevent pre-term birth.
“The honour wall is a key part of the hospital’s centenary celebrations, recognising King Eddie’s 100 years of delivering health care to the women, babies and families of WA,” he said.
“All women whose babies were born or treated at KEMH have been invited to be a lasting part of the hospital’s centenary celebration through this project.”
Professor Newnham said proceeds from the wall would be used to support research to prevent pre-term birth, the single largest cause of death and disability in children under five.
“In WA alone, 2900 babies are born premature each year. Premmie babies require a raft of life-saving technology to survive, then thrive,” he said.
“After several decades of targeted research, we now have the knowledge to safely prevent pre-term birth for many women and their pregnancies.”
Honour wall mother Pamela Jones and her son Alex took part in the celebrations.