Call the midwives! Darent Valley Hospital is having a baby boom

PUBLISHED: 11:03 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:03 03 May 2017

25 staff at the maternity unit have given birth since February last year.  Photo Jez Hughes

25 staff at the maternity unit have given birth since February last year. Photo Jez Hughes


Dozens of staff have given birth

The maternity ward at Darent Valley Hospital has been hit by a baby boom in the past year.

Since February 2016, 25 maternity staff at the Dartford hospital have given birth to a total of 26 babies, and two more are on the way.

The miniature boom has seen 16 girls and 10 boys, including a set of twins, brought into the world.

Delivery suite co-ordinator Kelly Gray, who gave birth to baby Chloe on September 29, decided to call the midwives together to celebrate becoming mums, and to to also mark International Day of the Midwife, which started in 2003.

Head of midwifery Deborah McAllion said: “The Maternity Department has seen an incredible baby boom, this is shows midwives practicing what they preach.”

But midwife Helen Jesshope opted for a homebirth when she had baby Ruby in January.

She said: “I was classed as having a low risk pregnancy and had had two births already at home.

“It was nice to be in our own environment and get in our own shower and bed after the birth. It was all calm and peaceful and I was very lucky to have my friend deliver Ruby.

“I would support and encourage other low risk women to have a homebirth if that is their choice.”

Not all of the pregnancies were easy, fellow midwife Lauren Smith saw her son Joey taken to the hospital’s Special Baby Care Unit.

She said: “When our son was born at 33 weeks gestation, he needed extra support from the special care team at Darent Valley who were absolutely brilliant. They were caring, informative and empathetic. We cannot thank them enough for their support and help through that tough period.”

International Women’s Day is tomorrow (Friday).

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