Mum’s ma­ter­nity care praised


Sarah Phillips and her part­ner Wy­att Os­ment were thank­ful that Lums­den Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre was close by when she went in to labour, with baby Emily com­ing rather hur­riedly.

She’s hop­ing the cen­tre will not close, but the res­ig­na­tion of four of the cen­tre’s vol­un­teer di­rec­tors and a lack of fund­ing may mean that hap­pens.

The amount of fund­ing the cen­tre re­ceives from the South­ern Dis­trict Health Board has been frozen since 2011, and its con­tract with the SDHB runs out on July 31.

‘‘We had planned to go to In­ver­cargill for a hospi­tal de­liv­ery for our first baby’s birth but we ended up hav­ing no real choice but to go to Lums­den Ma­ter­nity Cen­tre, other­wise Emily would have been born in the car on the way to hospi­tal.

Mid­wife Sarah Stokes Bal­four met them there.

‘‘It seemed a long way to Lums­den from our home on the Wreys Bush-Moss­burn Rd, when the birth was very close and un­ex­pected,’’ Os­ment said.

‘‘It was very con­ve­nient to be able to go there at such short no­tice.’’

Their daugh­ter Emily born at 4am on 25 May weigh­ing 3.46kg. from was 2016,

‘‘When we first moved back down from Hok­i­tika on the West Coast we were shown Lums­den’s fa­cil­i­ties so we were aware of what was there and found them warm, wel­com­ing and re­laxed, Phillips said.

‘‘Every­one was happy, there were no wor­ries and I had the choice to stay but it suited me to go in daily with my work com­mit­ments,’’ Os­ment said.

‘‘Emily is the third gen­er­a­tion Os­ment to be born there and Sarah’s mother was born there as well.

‘‘We want to have another child later so I hope to go back there,’’ Phillips said.

‘‘With talk of the cen­tre pos­si­bly clos­ing, they have to con­sider peo­ple from be­yond Northern South­land such as Queen­stown and Te Anau, as it is a long way to In­ver­cargill for them woman is in labour.

‘‘I had good care in Lums­den, with de­li­cious meals, mon­i­tor­ing of vis­i­tors so I could get rest, help and en­cour­age­ment with breast feed­ing, and was able to stay for six days to get the help I needed.’’

A pub­lic meet­ing to dis­cuss the fu­ture of Lums­den ma­ter­nity will be held at 7.30pm on May 9 at the Lums­den Me­mo­rial Hall. when a

Wy­att Os­ment and Sarah Phillips with 11-month-old daugh­ter Emily, who was born at Lums­den Ma­ter­nity.

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