SEVEN babies in seven days!
Cohuna District Hospital has had a week to remember with seven girls being born in as many days.
Two were born within 24 hours, four within 47 hours, there was one emergency caesarean delivery and two other caesarean deliveries.
Six of the seven mothers and their infant daughters gathered at the shire's remaining obstetrics services hospital for a picture opportunity on Friday to record the result of a busy week for hospital staff.
General practitioner/obstetrician, Peter Barker said that it was "truly a team effort."
"Like a swan gliding on the water, it was all calm, but underneath there was lots of movement," he said.
Parents of the seven baby girls reside at Barham, Dingwall, Kerang, Koondrook, Pyramid Hill and Birchip.
"It was a tremendous team effort. The gardeners, the cleaners, the kitchen staff, ward nurses, doctors, the [pathology] lab staff at Kerang, committees, all pitched in, reading, learning, communicating, testing, planning and certainly all caring".
Dr Barker said that he was proud of all hospital staff.
He said that the seven safe births was a testament to the staff following the recent controversy when Echuca Regional Health decided to place restrictions on obstetric services at Cohuna before reversing the decision after a public protest and withdrawal of services by doctors.
"To pull together and to do this again and again as they did during a week like that; doesn't it make you glad to be alive and work here, and to know we are right to stand up for our community."
A number of babies are due around the same time in late June, so recent efforts may need to be repeated.