Baby makes history at home-from-home

The First birth at the new Fylde Coast Birth Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
The First birth at the new Fylde Coast Birth Centre at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
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Weighing just 7lbs 14ozs, little baby Jebson made history when he was born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

For the baby boy was the first to be born at the hospital’s Fylde Coast Birth Centre.

Delighted mum Gemma Jebson said she and husband James were very pleased and privileged to be the first couple to have their baby, named Rory James, at the unit.

She said: “Our first baby, Isla, was born in September 2013 and she was one of the first to be born at the Midwifery-led Unit, so it is wonderful that the new baby has ‘christened’ the new birth centre.

“It was an amazing experience, the staff were very good and it’s a much better environment than a sterile ward to give birth.

“It really is like a home birth, but without the risks.

“I felt safe and secure the whole time.”

Gemma, from Lytham, said she would be recommending the unit to all her friends.

James said the centre, run by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, did absolutely everything to involve dads in the birth.

“The space in the room is great and the staff involve dads from the off,” James added. Dads can feel a bit surplus to requirements at the birth, but the midwives really motivate us and let us know how we can be involved with back rubs and hand squeezing.”

The new birth centre will take over from the former £680,000 Midwifery-Led unit and gives four ensuite rooms to improve the options available to women.

It allows obstetrically low-risk mums to-be to have the benefits of a home birth within the hospital.