Queen’s Hospital, Romford, welcomes first baby born in new ‘home from home’ maternity ward

Ellena Kelly, pictured with Richard Kelly and baby, is the first woman to give birth at the new Quee

Ellena Kelly, pictured with Richard Kelly and baby, is the first woman to give birth at the new Queen's Hospital birth centre - Credit: Archant

Queen’s Hospital’s new childbirth unit opened this week – and proud Ellena Kelly was the first expectant mum through the doors.

Ellena’s baby girl, who hasn’t yet been named, was born on Wednesday, January 9 – the day after the birth centre opened – weighing seven pounds and 14 and a half ounces.

The unit, which is staffed by midwives rather than doctors, is designed to give low-risk women a more comfortable environment, with non-hospital beds, natural pain relief and the opportunity to have partners stay overnight in the same room.

Ellena said she was so relaxed she didn’t even need gas and air – just paracetamol.

“We’d had a tour when I was pregnant,” she said, “but we didn’t imagine we’d get anything like the size of room we did.


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“I had a water birth in the pool. Everything was all in one room. It was like a home from home.

“It was so relaxed and calm – I can’t fault it.”

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The 33-year-old nanny and husband Richard, also 33, took their little bundle of joy home to Hornchurch, yesterday (Thursday).

The little girl, who was a week overdue, is the couple’s first child.

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