"Our First Child"

About: Box Hill Hospital

(as a parent/guardian),

Whilst every couples journey is different when it comes to birth, my wife and I could not have had a better experience for our first born thanks to Box Hill maternal team. In particular Robyn who was deeply committed to us to ensure our experience was beautiful as well as safe. From well before our due date Robyn began taking my wife and I through the learnings of birth at a pace that was perfect to ensure we were never shocked or frightened. As a first time dad I learned exactly where I could be helpful despite the obvious feelings of complete uselessness (that I'm sure many new dads feel).

In fact this entire experience led us to establishing a small organisation to help new families with a particular focus on engaging the dads in the new parenting process. Thanks Robyn, Box Hill and Eastern Health for your commitment to supporting couples transition into families and ensuring no one is left out of the journey.

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Responses

Response from Gayle Smith, Executive Director, Quality, Planning and Innovation, Eastern Health

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Dear Dad,

Congratulations on the birth of your first baby. That is such a very special time and I hope that you and your wife are continuing to have a joyous time with your new baby.

I am so pleased to hear about the positive experience you had in the maternity service at Box Hill hospital and I will be sure to pass this feedback on to them and in particular make sure Robyn is acknowledged.

And finally, it is terrific to read that you are using your own experience to help other new families. I hope that your organisation is a great success.

with best wishes,

Gayle Smith
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Update posted by Dad (a parent/guardian)

Thanks Gayle! I think I might pre-book in our next one at your new Box Hill Maternal unit too!

Also please invite all your new dads (and mums) down to our 'Man With A Pram' event (proudly presented by Baby Jogger) on the 16th of April at Eastland town square. Everything (breaky-on-the-run, coffee, lunch etc) will be free on the day (for those who register) and there will be opportunities to win prams and prizes for those who register at:

www.dadsgroup.org

Hope to see you and some of your team there too!

Response from Gayle Smith, Executive Director, Quality, Planning and Innovation, Eastern Health

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Dear Dad,

We look forward to seeing you and your wife again one day. Good luck with your dad's event.

With best wishes

Gayle Smith

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