Glengarry Private Hospital midwife helps deliver all six children from one family


Glengarry Private Hospital midwife Sue Piccoli with Angeline and Chris Edmonds and children Evelyn (six weeks), Rowan (11), Alexander (2), Bonnie (10), Cassandra (7) and Josephine (6). Picture: Mal Beale.
Glengarry Private Hospital midwife Sue Piccoli with Angeline and Chris Edmonds and children Evelyn (six weeks), Rowan (11), Alexander (2), Bonnie (10), Cassandra (7) and Josephine (6). Picture: Mal Beale.

ALTHOUGH they live 130km away, all six children from the Edmonds family have taken their first breaths at Glengarry Private Hospital under the eyes of midwife Sue Piccoli.

She has helped deliver each of Angeline Edmonds’ children, starting with 11-year-old Rowan and most recently baby Evelyn.

Mrs Edmonds, who lives in Bolgart, north of Toodyay, said it was by chance that Ms Piccoli was the midwife for her first three induced births but for the last three she made sure she would be present.

“It’s just like having a friend there who knows and understands,” she said.

“It makes it a familiar experience and takes a lot of the stress and worry away.”

The pair exchanges Christmas cards and emails, with Ms Piccoli checking in to find out how the children are doing.

She has worked at the hospital for 31 years and said it was a privilege to care for Mrs Edmonds and other mothers.

“I feel delighted to have helped deliver all six of Angeline’s children,” she said.

“It’s been wonderful to develop such a strong relationship with the family over the years and to watch the children grow.”

She also has a strong personal connection to the hospital, with three of her children and four of her grandchildren born there.

“The hospital is an incredibly special place for many members of the community,” she said.