IT'S A once in a decade occurrence and the Theodore Hospital was celebrating when two babies were born in the hospital on the same day.
Local doctor Bruce Chater, midwives and nursing staff were kept busy as Jodi Conner and Rayna Lawson both delivered beautiful baby girls on Tuesday, June 19.
Jodi, her husband James Moffitt and son Khan from Moura welcomed Indy Lee Moffitt at 10.47am while Rayna, husband Roydon and son Saxon of Baralaba rejoiced with the arrival of Regan Sharla Lawson at 6.10pm.
The Theodore Hospital delivers about 30 babies a year with mothers-to-be coming from the local district and further afield.
"We travelled to Theodore for the birth of Regan and also of Saxon as we had heard of the high reputation of Dr Chater and also the wonderful staff of the Theodore Hospital," Rayna said.
Jodi agreed the excellent reputation of the services brought her to Theodore.
"Our family is new to Moura and when we were deciding where we would like Indy to be born we heard wonderful things about Dr Chater, the team at Theodore Medical, the Theodore Hospital and the very nurturing maternity services at Theodore," Jodi said.
Like all practitioners, Dr Chater said the most important thing in childbirth was the safety of the mother and child.
However he said the benefits of birthing in a smaller, local facility could not be dismissed.
"We undertake clinical assessments of every pregnancy and ensure any at-risk deliveries are undertaken in the most appropriate location," Dr Chater said.
"However for the majority of deliveries, enjoying a dedicated midwife and having a close relationship with your doctor can provide support for expecting parents."
Dr Chater and midwives Rosslyn Bennett and Kylie Chater will remember Tuesday, June 19, 2012 as one of their busiest days at work.
"The arrival of every baby is a time of joy, the entire hospital gets a lift with each new arrival so to have two in one day was extra special," Dr Chater said.