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Trip down maternity lane ahead of St George Hospital's 125th anniversary

More than 2300 babies are born at St George Hospital each year, and one new bundle of joy due to arrive in early 2020 will be among those to enter the world in an ultra-modern space.

A new state-of-the-art birthing unit that is opening at the hospital next year is preparing to welcome families.

When the birthing suites are operational, they will be double the size of the of the current one, which was built in 1972 and upgraded in 1991.

The multi-million dollar project will consist of eight new delivery suites with water immersion facilities, and two new acute assessment rooms.

Woronora first time mum-to-be, Emily Sherwen, is excited to be among the first pregnant women to give birth in the new suites.

Her baby is due February 18.

She chose St George Hospital because of its continuity of care model and the prospect of the new birthing facilities, including the option to have a water birth.

"I knew the suites were coming but didn't know when, so it's exciting," Mrs Sherwen said. "The new suites offer so many options.

"I got to see them still under construction but I think they will be amazing.

"But the main reason I chose the hospital is because from everyone I know, I've heard that the continuity of care is of such as high quality. My brother works in the emergency department, and one of my best friends is one of the midwives. I'm going there with complete confidence."

The hospital's community relations officer, Kim Wrightson, of Mortdale, has personal ties with the hospital's maternity history.

Mrs Wrightson was born at the hospital in 1967, and so was her daughter, on Valentine's Day in 1997.

She has worked at the hospital since 1988, and marked 30 years of service in 2018.

Mrs Wrightson has also collated the online historical photo timeline for the hospital's upcoming 125th anniversary, and will launch the photographic memorabilia at the official ceremony.

As part of the open day on November 11, the community is invited to take a sneak peek of the new birthing suite.

For a glimpse at the state-of-the-art facility, guests can register online and book a timeslot between 10am-2pm.

At the open day, festivities begin at 2pm in the atrium of the Acute Services Building, where the Kogarah Concert Band will be playing.

The official ceremony, which will include the launch of a historical photo timeline and fashion parade of uniforms throughout the ages, will run from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

All visitors and staff are invited to wear red and white for the event.

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