Little people's picnic

L to R: Maternal and child health nurse Chris O'Higgins, expectant mum Emily and midwife Catherine Prestney are looking forward to the upcoming Hundreds and Thousands Little People's Picnic at Kyneton Hospital.

L to R: Maternal and child health nurse Chris O'Higgins, expectant mum Emily and midwife Catherine Prestney are looking forward to the upcoming Hundreds and Thousands Little People's Picnic at Kyneton Hospital.

Kyneton District Health and Macedon Ranges Shire Council are celebrating 100 years of maternal and child health services in Victoria.

So the hospital's 160-year-old maternity unit is hosting a community garden picnic to celebrate local support for little people and their families.

Both KDH and council's experienced teams are staffed by qualified nurses who are also midwives. Between them they've seen hundreds of babies born and made thousands of family visits to support generations old and new to the shire.

Catherine Prestney has been a midwife at KDH for 16 years, welcoming many babies into the world. She met last week with council's MCH nurse Chris O'Higgins to take a peek at the maternal and child health service's historic visitor book.

The archive highlights how valued local maternity services have been right across the generations.

Since the 1920s women were advocating for a purpose-built maternal and child health facility in Kyneton. They later raised funds for the existing Hutton Street facility through lamington drives.

So the bakers are getting lamingtons onto the menu for the upcoming picnic. There'll also be face painting, storytelling and a chance for future parents to tour the hospital's private maternity suites. Cobaw Community Health will also be involved in activities on the day.

KDH deputy CEO Karen Laing said the milestone celebration was a chance to reflect on the past achievements, and commit to ongoing support for young families in our community.

"The event is an open invitation, but we especially want to welcome people who have been or might become one of the hundreds and thousands of personal stories connected with our local maternity services."

The Hundreds and Thousands Little People's Picnic will be held on Friday, September 15 from 9.30-11.30am in the KDH gardens.


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