History by category: Mater Mothers' Private Brisbane

Mater Mothers’ Hospital continues to expand

On 14 April 1991, Mater Mothers' Hospital New Life Centre opened. The centre allowed the hospital to better cope with the increased number of patients referred from all over northern New South Wales and Queensland. The extensions provided new operating theatres, labour wards and a birthing centre where patients could be attended by midwives and new intensive and special care nurseries.

The following year, redevelopment of Mater Mothers' Private Hospital was completed, providing more modern facilities for mothers and their babies.

On 3 July 1992, Mater Mothers' Hospital delivered Australia's smallest surviving baby, Jonathon Heeley, weighing just 374 grams. Jonathon became affectionately known as 'the coke can kid' and has grown up to be a healthy teenager.

Three years later, in 1995, Mater Mothers' Centre for Mater Fetal Medicine opened. Maternal fetal medicine is the branch of obstetrics that focuses on the medical and surgical management of high-risk pregnancies. The centre now performs more than 10 000 scans per year, and accepts tertiary referrals from all over Queensland and northern New South Wales.

In 1996, the Queensland Cord Blood Bank at Mater opened. Cord blood banking is the ultimate form of medical recycling. Blood from the umbilical cord and placenta is collected from consenting mothers following delivery and is then processed, tested and cryopreserved to be accessed for patients worldwide requiring haematopoietic stem cell transplant. 

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