History repeats for Melbourne mum

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Nearly 30 years to the day since she was born at Epworth Freemasons, Elle Hill has given birth to her own baby at the same Melbourne hospital.

“It was quite comforting, in a weird way,” said Elle, whose mother, Tracie Bramham, delivered her into the world in November 1991.

The hospital's maternity unit opened in September that year, and is close to delivering 3,000 bundles of joy in 2021 as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Elle's baby son Lincoln is one of the latest additions to the next generation of Victorians to arrive there, welcomed by his proud father Carl.

“I feel connected to this hospital as my mum had said so many good things about it,” Elle said.

“It is special to be at the same place.”

Midwife Judy Jackson, who started in the maternity unit the month before Elle was born, also paid her respects to the young family.

“It’s lovely to see women born in the hospital in the early days now returning to have their babies,” said Judy, who is one of a dozen midwives to notch up 30 years' service at Epworth Freemasons.

“The average age of our mothers is in their 30s, so hopefully we see more of our babies having their babies here too,” she added.

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