If the walls of Pindara Private Hospital’s Special Care Nursery could talk, they could share many stories about caring for mothers and bubs, they would also tell the tale of the time six tiny babies arrived at the hospital.
That was more than 20 years ago and one of those premature babies, Hannah Calcino, is celebrating her 21st with the hospital unit this month.
Despite arriving into the world 10 and a half weeks ahead of schedule, Ms Calcino went on to thrive, with no residual health issues often associated with an early arrival into the world.
“At 5’9, having played representative netball for the past nine years and travelled overseas on mission programs with my school, I like to think that I’m a little reminder to all those parents with tiny, sick babies that from little things, big things grow,” she said.
Ms Calcino was one of six premature babies cared for by the hospital who have retained a special connection to Pindara.
For midwife Sandra Logue taking on six small babies was significant for the hospital at the time.
“I was working here then, and have been here since 1991. At the time Hannah was born there were two sets of premature twins born and another single premature baby also which made it six premature babies in our nursery at the one time. This was the most babies that we’d ever had at any one time in the nursery,” said Ms Logue.
Since then the hospital and unit have grown, the Special Care Nursery has undergone several upgrades in the last twenty-one years and can now allow leading Gold Coast obstetricians to care for up to 16 babies at a time in a large, comfortable environment with the very latest in equipment and technology.