Teddy Bears bring together mums and midwives

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Wahroonga, NSW 

I didn’t want to leave the San. I was in mourning when I left because I had such a good time.

Hundreds of mums and babies gathered at Sydney Adventist Hospital (San) this morning for the San’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

The annual event, held on the hospital’s Village Green, commemorates both International Midwives’ Day (May 5) and Mother’s Day (May 8). It provides an opportunity for mums and their babies to reunite with the obstetricians and midwives who delivered them.

It was an amazing day for mothers and midwives alike.

One mum who took advantage of this opportunity was Penny Ericson, mother of six-month-old Liam. “I was invited to this reunion picnic and decided to come see what was going on,” she said.

Penny took a Calmbirth course at the San in preparation for Liam’s birth there. She had only positive comments to make about the hospital staff.

“I didn’t want to leave the San. I was in mourning when I left because I had such a good time. My Calmbirth course was amazing, my obstetrician was incredible and we were cared for so beautifully,” she said.

Penny Ericson and little Liam.

Also scanning the crowd for familiar faces was San midwife 26-year-old Emily Turaganivalu. Ms Turaganivalu is the NSW finalist for Johnson & Johnson’s Midwife of the Year award

“I think mums need someone to support them, be reassuring and be a source of encouragement,” said Ms Turaganivalu as she held baby Mila, one of the many babies whose birth she has assisted at. “I try to do that in my role as a midwife.” 

Emily Turaganivalu with Mila and her mother.

Each mum who attended the picnic received a free showbag filled with goodies from the stallholders at the event. Morning tea and entertainment were also provided.