A FUNDING boost will allow Bendigo Health will boost its maternity services staff.
The boost comes after the hospital welcomed a record number of babies in May with 183 mothers giving birth to 185 babies.
Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said births at the hospital had remained high during 2021.
She said the funding would be used to across a number of services at the hospital.
"Bendigo Health have put in place a number of initiatives to meet the increase in maternity demand," Ms Edwards said.
"Monthly numbers remain well over 140 babies and in July reached 174 babies for the month".
The $600,000 in state government funding will see Registered Undergraduate Students Of Midwifery employed on Women's Ward to support women, newborns and maternity staff, an increased in lactation consultants.
Additional midwives will be introduced to assist in pregnancy assessments on weekends, lead clinics and deliver midwifery education for women during their pregnancy, work on night duty to help care to women and their babies.
"These initiatives are all to facilitate women centred care, and support our midwifery workforce," Ms Edwards said.
Bendigo Health chair Bob Cameron said the initiatives were a welcome step forward.
"Bendigo Health continues to provide outstanding care to expectant mums and families not only in Bendigo, but throughout the Loddon Mallee region," Mr. Cameron said.
"We're thrilled to be able to support their work and these initiatives will increase the care and services offered during what is a very special time for families."
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