Say hello to two very special deliveries at a new unit.
For tiny Amber Louise Kelly and Holly Farrow have the honour of being the very babies to be born at Blackpool’s new midwife-led maternity unit after it officially opened its doors on Wednesday.
The mums came into the £680,000 unit shortly after it opened its doors on the Blackpool Victoria Hospital site.
And amazingly, the new arrivals were born within one minute of each other – and weighing exactly the same.
Lytham mum Lucy Lawton, 24, and dad Scott Farrow welcomed baby Holly into the world at 1.34pm on Wednesday weighing 7lb 2oz.
She said: “The birth was really great. I don’t like hospitals as a rule but I like it here, it does not feel like a hospital, there’s so much room and it’s really relaxed and homely. I was expecting to see a bed, but I think it’s better without one.
“Holly is my second baby and this delivery was a far better experience.
“I would have liked to have used the pool, but Holly arrived so quickly I didn’t have a chance.”
Blackpool mum Kelly Perry, 26, and dad Michael Kelly, welcomed Amber Louise Kelly at 1.35pm, also weighing 7lb 2oz.
She said: “It is lovely in this new unit, a lot different from the traditional delivery rooms. It’s much better, more space, more comfortable. It’s certainly not what I expected to find in a maternity hospital – the fact there was no bed in the room was a real surprise.
“I think not having the bed helped me move around and that helped bring baby out more quickly. I used the birthing chair, beanbag and even went in the pool.”
Victoria’s new unit aiming to provide ‘home from home’
The new unit will run independently but alongside the existing delivery suite within the Women and Children’s Unit at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
It features four en-suite birthing rooms, two with pools, and aims to offer a “home-from-home” environment.
Cash for the £680,000 unit was announced by Health Minister Dan Poulter at the beginning of this year as part of a £25m cash pot for more than 100 hospitals across the country.
Building work on the unit took seven months. It is intended to given mums-to-be a choice between the delivery suite, a home birth and the new unit.