Three generations born at hospital


Hospital hat-trick: New mother Dayna with son Charlie and the Pink Ladies at Frankston Hospital. Picture: Supplied

THE third time’s a charm(er) for a volunteer at Frankston Hospital who welcomed the birth of grandson Charlie this year.

Pink Ladies secretary Heather Watts gave birth to second daughter Dayna at Frankston Hospital 28 years ago and this year it was Danya’s turn to welcome son Charlie to the world.

Chelsea resident Dayna chose Frankston Hospital for the birth of Charlie.

“It’s close to home and my friends all said how good Frankston Hospital was,” she said.

“Charlie had a hard time coming out but it all worked out well.

“He was facing the wrong way, so they took me to theatre and turned him around. After that, I was able to give birth naturally.”

The Pink Ladies volunteer at a cafe at the hospital and raise money to buy medical equipment.

Heather says Frankston has changed a lot in the three decades since she was in the hospital’s birth suite.

“Maternity was in another part of the hospital and the Pink Ladies was a funny little shop down the corridor,” she said.

“The Pinkies” are now located at the hospital’s main entrance.

Heather, who also works as a lollipop lady, joined the Pink Ladies two and a half years ago.

“I decided to join to give back to the community,” she said.

“It’s a nice thing to do when you’re semi-retired as you start to miss the company and the interactions.”

Charlie is now three months old and regularly visits the Pink Ladies.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 30 May 2018

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