PROUD Pershore parents Claire and Oliver Andrews have welcomed baby Oscar into the world – the first baby to be born at Worcestershire’s new £500,000 Meadow Birth Centre.
Oscar Louis Andrews was born in the Cornflower room of the midwife-led unit at 8:51am on Tuesday (April 14).
And the proud parents said they were ‘thrilled’ to be the first parents to have a new baby in the centre which opened to expectant mothers this week.
Baby Oscar tipped the scales at 8lbs, 3oz and will join big brother Philip, aged three, at the Andrews’ home in Wick, near Pershore.
Claire said: “The midwives were just amazing, they made us feel so relaxed and the environment is relaxed and happy. We feel lucky to be the first to have our baby here, I would recommend it to anyone.”
Oliver said: “Oscar was eleven days late so we weren’t sure if we were going to get in here, but we’re really glad we have as everyone’s treated Claire and Oscar brilliantly. It’s got a really relaxed feel about it.”
The Meadow Birth Centre, located at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, has four birthing rooms and up to 500 women are expected to give birth in the unit from across the county this first year.
It is run by experienced midwives and offers a safe place to give birth for ‘low risk’ women who have had no complications or medical problems during their pregnancy.
Allison Collins and Lucy Laird were the two midwives present as Claire gave birth to Oscar and Allison said: “I am so proud and honoured to be involved and represent the team when the first baby was born here.”
Meadow Birth Centre team leader, Louise Turbutt said: “We’re elated to have something to celebrate after months of hard work that has gone into this project.
“So we’re really excited to have helped deliver a lovely baby boy.” she added.
Blue was certainly the colour in the early hours of the new centre as Oscar was joined by another baby boy later in the morning.
Oscar Louis Andrews, the first baby to be born in the new Meadow Birth Centre. (s)