The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - STEPHANIE BEN­NETT

GIV­ING birth at works sounds ter­ri­fy­ing for most, but for Mater Chil­dren’s nurse Louise Ala­ban there was no place she would have rather been.

Ms Ala­ban (pic­tured) gave birth to twins Thomas and Is­abella on Oc­to­ber 31 – al­most two months ahead of their full term date of De­cem­ber 21.

Af­ter four weeks in spe­cial care, the new­borns have now headed home with her and hus­band Leon, and older chil­dren Olivia, 7, and Eve­lyn, 4. Ms Ala­ban, who has worked at the Mater for 15 years, said hav­ing so much med­i­cal knowl­edge was both a bless­ing and a curse, but ul­ti­mately felt she was in the best pos­si­ble care.

“I think I’d pre­pared my­self, be­ing twins, as much as I could that they would po­ten­tially be in spe­cial care,” she said.

“It was a re­as­sur­ing feel­ing hav­ing them there and know­ing just how well the Mater works.”

De­spite her many years of ex­pe­ri­ence, Ms Ala­ban said it was very dif­fer­ent be­ing on the other side.

“We had never had pre­ma­ture ba­bies be­fore, and they were re­ally con­sid­er­ate in tak­ing into ac­count that even though I’m a nurse, I was still a mum with pre­m­mies,” she said.

“All the team there were re­ally amaz­ing. Of course we didn’t want to have them early, but they were very sup­port­ive and kept us in­formed, and re­ally made the best of a bad sit­u­a­tion.”

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