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11 January, 2022

HELLO 2022

NEW parents Lisa Sutherland and Ryan Bird have welcomed to the world baby Matilda as the first baby born on the Tablelands on New Year’s Day.

Lisa Sutherland and Ryan Bird welcomed their little girl Matilda into the world on New Year's Day

Weighing in at 3995 grams, Matilda, who is the couple’s first child, was born at 4.30am. 

“It went pretty normally, it took a lot longer than we thought but we were expecting her to come on New Year’s Day,” Lisa said. 

“She is really sleepy and content, it took about two days for her to actually cry because she just isn’t a crying baby – she just kind of sooks when she wants to be fed," she added. 

New father Ryan said he was stunned to be welcoming his baby girl into the world on day one of 2022. 

“It feels almost surreal you know, it was pretty exciting and we were counting down the days for her arrival – now it’s something I have to get used to,” he said. 

“It’s pretty incredible she was born on the first day, it’s definitely a new year we will not forget.”


SILVER Valley couple Ellen Sagert and Shannon Molony had an exciting first day of 2022 when they welcomed a baby boy.

The baby was born in Atherton Hospital, weighing 2280 grams at 10.20am on 1 January. Both Atherton and Mareeba hospitals have experienced a slight decrease in births over the last 12 months. 

In 2020, Atherton Hospital delivered 160 babies, while Mareeba delivered 179 babies. Last year, Atherton delivered 150 babies and Mareeba delivered 160.

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