Thanks to the Deer Park Lioness Club, the Joan Kirner Women and Children's at Sunshine Hospital has welcomed a new addition to the Birthing Unit – a Birthing Modular System. Arriving from Germany last month, and popular in birthing suites across Europe, the Birthing Modular System is the first of its kind in tertiary maternity hospitals in Melbourne.
The unique piece of equipment assists women through the labour process, allowing them to remain active, reducing the need for further analgesia and can help with positioning the baby for birth.
"The Birthing Modular System has been on our wishlist prior to the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's opening last year," said Lucy Nash – Nurse Unit Manager at Joan Kirner Women and Children's.
"It's something that our patients will really benefit from. This fabulous piece of equipment can be used by women and their support partners, providing comfort and support during labour."
The gift will be a lasting legacy from the Lioness Club of Deer Park who are winding up their activities after a long association in the community.
"The members of the Lioness Club of Deer Park are delighted and privileged to provide the first Birthing Modular unit to benefit all women of the greater western suburbs attending the Joan Kirner Women's and Children's, " says Fern Clark, President of the Deer Park Lioness Club.