The Friarage maternity centre has welcomed a very special delivery into the world – its 100th baby.
Isla Grace Alderson was born at 8.55am on Saturday morning (21 March), weighing a healthy seven pounds and half an ounce. She’s the second child of proud parents Hayley and Paul whose son Isaac was also born at the Northallerton hospital in 2012.
The centre has been a midwifery-led unit since last October and is run by a team of experienced and skilled midwives who provide friendly individualised care to women with straightforward pregnancies. Partners are welcome to stay in the en-suite rooms during and after the birth.
Women with high risk pregnancies can also still receive all their outpatient antenatal care at the Friarage with a consultant obstetrician but would need to deliver in a consultant-led obstetric unit where facilities for complications are more immediately available.
Hayley said: “My experience at the centre was really good – it felt more relaxed and I received great one-to-one care from the midwife. Our son, Isaac, was also born here before the changes took place but I’d definitely recommend it to any mums who are expecting and say ‘if you’ve got the opportunity to come here, do – it’s the way forward.
“When I told my mum we’d had the 100th baby her first response was – it had better be in the paper!”
Deborah Hebblethwaite, a midwife and the maternity centre’s manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have delivered the 100th baby and wish the family all the very best. I think there are still some people out there who think we’re not here anymore but we are and have a great team. We’re looking forward to continuing to provide the care for lots more mothers and their babies at the centre.”