These Mater Parents from Forest Lake and Brighton Welcomed Their Newborns in Beautiful Swaddles For National Reconciliation Week

Proud parents Skye Davis and Daniel Moxon of Forest Lake and Bevan Hall and Maite Mary of Brighton were among the recipients of specially designed swaddles featuring symbolic Aboriginal artwork to newborn babies and their families, a project of Mater Hospitals across Queensland for National Reconciliation Week.

Amethyst and Luna, Skye and Daniel’s babies, arrived seven weeks early, weighing 2.06kg and 2.1kg respectively. The parents expressed their joy at the unique swaddles, describing them as a “celebration” of their newborn baby girls. Mr Moxon, a Torres Strait Islander, expressed his appreciation for the vibrant and meaningful designs that reflected his cultural heritage.

“Fatherhood so far has been unreal, and to be given a gift for both the girls that is so rich in history is really special,” he said.

Renowned Queensland artist and Wakka Wakka man, David Williams, was commissioned by Mater to create the swaddles artwork, titled “The Heart to Heal, the Strength to Grow.” This artistic representation serves as a testament to Mater’s commitment to reconciliation and highlights the healthcare organization’s history.

For the first time, hundreds of newborns born at Mater Hospitals across Queensland, received these special gifts. The soft cotton symbolic swaddles will be gifted to families to further strengthen Mater’s relationships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and continue to build respect for their culture, history and knowledge.

Meanwhile, Brighton parents Bevan Hall and Maite Mary welcomed their identical twin girls Emma and Sophia seven weeks early at Mater Mothers’ Hospital in South Brisbane and said the swaddles were a beautiful gift that would be cherished forever.

“The designs are really great,” Mr Hall said.

National Reconciliation Week
Twins Emma and Sophie Hall with ‘RAP wraps’ for Reconciliation Week at NICU Mater Mothers’ Hospital, Monday, May 29, 2023 – Picture: Richard Walker/RDW Photography

Mater’s Reconciliation Action Plan Program Manager, Jo Jones, emphasized the significance of the swaddles. She quoted community elders who hailed the gesture as Mater’s way of demonstrating reconciliation with First Nations people and bridging the gap for all nationalities. 

Ms Jones further explained that the unique swaddles serve as a visual representation of Mater’s culturally safe environment, symbolizing their open door policy and commitment to inclusivity.

“The swaddle is another element of visual artwork sharing Mater’s history and expressing to the community that our door is open, everyone is welcome, and no one gets left behind,” she said.

Ms Jones said Mater’s spirit was strong and “continues to thrive as we embrace those who we must always care for.”

“Wrap your beloved babies, let them feel safe and secure,” she added.

Published 1-June-2023