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