When the wait was on to see who would be the first 2024 baby born at Beaudesert Hospital, little William ‘Billy’ Alexander Wilson fit the bill perfectly.
Billy entered the world at 6.25am Tuesday 2, January weighing 3.34kg in the same delivery suite his big sisters Ava, 16 months, and Vivian, 9, were born in.
Proud parents Rachael Thomas and Jason Wilson had the whole maternity unit to themselves for Billy’s birth, a far cry from when Ava was born on the busiest day of 2022.
They stayed in for one night before heading for the familiarity of home, knowing Beaudesert Hospital’s midwives would be over soon for their famed postnatal visits.
The Beaudesert Bulletin caught up with the family at home when Billy was two days old.
The home was buzzing with the excitement of family coming to meet their newest addition, with both Rachael and Jason coming from generationally local families.
Rachael and Jason both went to Tamrookum State School, and both sets of parents still live locally at Knapp Creek and Barney View.
Rachael said Beaudesert Hospital was the obvious choice for them.
“We always wanted Beaudesert. They classed me as higher risk with Ava and they wanted me to go to Logan, but I fought to come back to Beaudesert which was lucky because she was a fast delivery,” she said.
“After such a positive experience with Ava there we couldn’t fault them so there was no doubt in our minds we wanted to go back to Beaudesert.”
“It’s so calm, relaxed, friendly and supportive no matter who you get on the day or what sort of situation is happening, they’re so helpful and the follow-up care it so good.
“Because you get to know them all, you’re not treated like a number in a big hospital, so you get that personalised care.”
She said Billy had already made his mark on his big sisters.
“Ava was a bit hesitant to begin with because of her age, she doesn’t quite understand what’s going on, but Vivian is absolutely obsessed, and she was with her little sister as well,” she said.