First Twins In A Decade At PDH

From Left - Mother: Regien Cuello, Twins: Briellah Evelyn & Ciarah Carolin, Father: Martin Logan
Friday, 15 January 2016
The first twins to be born for at least a decade at Portland District Health are doing well as they settle into their new home.

Regien Cuello and her husband Martin Logan had expected to deliver in Warrnambool but had to adjust their plans at the last minute.

While PDH is not usually equipped for twins, the team led by obstetrician gynaecologist Dr Ghazala Irshad and midwife Lee Pettingill was able safely deliver the babies.

Ms Cuello said they had no choice but to have the twins in Portland and she's happy with the process and outcome.

When we arrived at the Portland hospital I was already in advanced labour and it just progressed so quickly. I was already pushing, she said.

They rushed me to the theatre for the delivery. It didn't take very long I wouldn't have made it to Warrnambool.

With the situation we had no choice but to deliver the babies at PDH. It turned out all right and we couldn't be happier.

Her water broke at 2:40 am. We drove to PDH for assessment and by 4:26 am baby one was out and baby two followed nine minutes later.

Ms Cuello had undertaken her pregnancy care at Portland and contacted PDH midwife Lynne Peters to ask for an assessment when she felt she was in labour.

Once she arrived at PDH she was assessed by Dr Ghazala Irshad who believed it was unsafe to travel and decided the birth should happen in Portland.

She called in experienced midwife Ms Pettingill to assist with the process and Ms Peters was there to receive the babies.

The twins were born naturally on December 20. First born Briellah Evelyn weighed 2570 grams and second born Ciarah Caroline at 2400 grams. They arrived at 35.2 weeks gestation. They were MCDA type of twin pregnancy and Ms Cuello was meant to be induced on New Year's Eve at 37 weeks gestation.

The twins were later taken individually by ambulance in PDH's new stabilisation cots to the Warrnambool Base Hospital special care nursery.

Ms Cuello said the whole process was a big success and she thanks the PDH and South West Healthcare teams for their support.

The care was amazing and our babies are doing well. They are feeding well and gaining weight after 13 days stay in SWHC nursery," Ms Cuello said

PDH midwifery team leader Colleen Hanmer said twins would normally be sent to Warrnambool for delivery but that wasn’t possible in this case.

Their delivery was imminent so it was safest to keep them in Portland, she said.

The process ran very smoothly and it was a good outcome for everyone.

Another Portland mother gave birth to twins in Warrnambool during December under the usual transfer process.

Ms Hanmer said there had been no twins delivered at PDH for at least nine years and it could be as long as 15 years.

So far this financial year PDH has delivered 50 babies after strengthening its birthing service with the recruitment of obstetrician gynaecologist Dr David Morris to join Dr Ghazala Irshad and the experienced midwife team and anaesthetists.

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