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Amy Shaw and Michael Atkins with baby Freddie

Many parents will tell you having a baby can be the most frightening, as well as the most joyful time of your life.

That’s exactly how it was for two families with two completely different births, who have just celebrated the arrival of their babies in the new Cabrini Gandel Wing.

Our new ward is specially designed so every mum, dad, grandparent and sibling can enjoy peace, support and comfort as they welcome a new life into the world.

Michael Atkins and Amy Shaw were among the first to experience Cabrini’s new maternity ward on Level two of the Cabrini Gandel Wing.

It was a no brainer to go back and have our second child at Cabrini, the birth suite and the level of care after the birth were massive deciders,” said Amy.

Michael said his partner was “incredible” during Freddie’s birth.

“There was a moment she was really struggling, she was absolutely spent, but she got him out – it was really incredible, we were all cheering – like I will be when St Kilda win a flag!”

New parents, Tess and Nick Arnold said while the birth of their daughter, Cora, was long and ended in an emergency caesarean, their stay in the Gandel Wing was like being in a hotel:
“The new ward was amazing, really beautiful, and the midwives were awesome.  They gave us so much information, it was nice to have input from everyone. We stayed in the new Wing, we felt like it was a hotel!”

The Mordialloc couple, both teachers, said finding a name for their baby had been a hard task because they wanted a name neither of them had come across before. The meaning of the name ‘Cora’ is ‘maiden’ of Greek origin.


The Cabrini Maternity unit includes a dedicated obstetric anesthetic department and 24 hour operating theatre back up. When Tess needed to have an emergency caesarean, the team swung into action.

“It’s always a little sad to see our new babies leaving, but it is a great joy to share this milestone with them as well,” said Dr Danielle Wilkins, the head of the Cabrini Mother and Baby Centre.

Here at Cabrini we want those memories to be perfect – filled with love and wonder. Which is why we have built world-class rooms for parents and families to spend time with their newborn – to cuddle and nurse and of course, receive the very best of care.

A donation now will help fund a maternity room at Cabrini where countless parents and babies will share their first loving memories.  To make a donation, click here