Baby Jaxon makes his mark

MUNNO Para West parents Kayla and Joshua Saunders had two reasons to celebrate the arrival of their son, Jaxon, last Monday, after it was revealed he was the 100,000th baby to be born at the Lyell McEwin Hospital.
Jaxon David Saunders was born at 12.55pm on January 29 and weighed 4.4kg.
Mrs Saunders said the couple was “very excited” for the arrival of their newborn son, and was quite surprised to learn he was the 100,000th baby.
“It was all very exciting, although we did know he was coming on that day because he was born through an elective Caesarean procedure,” she said.
“We were quite shocked when we found out he was the 100,000th baby, but it’s such an awesome achievement for the hospital and it’s great to be a part of it.”
Mrs Saunders said Jaxon has been the “perfect baby” through his first few days of life, and the couple’s other child, Alyera, has been a big help.
“He’s a very good baby, he sleeps really well and he’s got an amazing big sister who’s helped to look after him,” she said.
To celebrate the Lyell McEwin’s milestone birth, the first woman to deliver a baby at the hospital, Maureen Oxford, and the first female born there, Sharon Coad, were invited back to meet baby Jaxon.
Ms Oxford said returning to the hospital for the occasion was a “marvellous” experience.
“It’s so different to what we had all those years ago,” she said.
“The front of the hospital was, basically, a paddock when I went in and there was even a cow out the front.”
Ms Oxford’s son, Lyell – who was the first baby born at Lyell McEwin Hospital – passed away due to congenital issues when he was just 15 months old.
Long-serving Lyell McEwin Hospital midwife Linda Campbell said when she began working at the hospital in 1967, the average stay for a new mum was 10 days.
“Today, most mothers giving birth at the Lyell McEwin Hospital have their own private rooms, and mothers who birth without complications are usually discharged from hospital within hours.”
The Lyell McEwin’s maternity ward has moved three times since birthing began 59 years ago.
The current birthing ward was opened in October 2003 alongside obstetrics, gynaecology services and a women’s and children’s area.
In 2017, the hospital welcomed 3742 new arrivals, compared to just 318 births in 1959.

Tom Staggard


Born and raised in Adelaide's northern suburbs, Tom attended Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East before studying journalism at the University of South Australia. Tom joined The Bunyip in June 2017 after previously working in the Adelaide Hills for The Courier newspaper in Mount Barker and the Weekender Herald in Crafers. As part of his role, Tom will cover the Adelaide Plains and Playford council regions. Away from work, he is a massive sports fan and loves all things football, cricket, basketball and soccer.

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