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Newborn is a record delivery for hospital

PUBLISHED: 14:28 13 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:22 23 August 2010

A HOSPITAL has set a new record of 3,500 mothers giving birth last year and capped it off with the delivery of baby Joseph on Christmas Eve. The year ended with a total of 3,607 babies being delivered by 3,559 mothers, including eight on New Year s Eve a

A HOSPITAL has set a new record of 3,500 mothers giving birth last year and capped it off with the delivery of baby Joseph on Christmas Eve.

The year ended with a total of 3,607 babies being delivered by 3,559 mothers, including eight on New Year's Eve at Darent Valley Hospital.

And Alison Oakley, 42, from New Ash Green, delivered her healthy baby Joseph, who weighed in at 8lbs and 15oz at 11am on December 24.

She said: "The care was good, really good. The doctors and midwives were excellent. It was a really quick delivery."

Joseph Oakley-Ellard, who takes surnames from Alison and his father, Patrick Ellard, 44, has an older brother James, who was also born at Darent Valley Hospital in 2006.

Mrs Oakley said: "Joseph was much quicker. Giving birth to James took a lot longer."

The baby was due on January 2, but arrived early, so Mrs Oakley was admitted on December 22 and left with her newborn son on Christmas Day.

Joseph narrowly missed having a Christmas birthday, but there were four babies born on Christmas Day - three boys and one girl. The heaviest was a baby boy weighing in at 8lbs 2oz.

The natural birth took just under two-and-a-half hours of labour before Joseph was born, which is faster than average.

A milestone of 30,000 babies, since the hospital opened in 2000, is anticipated to be met during 2010.

A hospital spokesman was delighted that mums-to-be were choosing the hospital to have their children and believed it showed that DVH was well respected.

He said: "The hospital is delighted that so many mothers are coming here to have babies and I think it is proof that the community appreciates what we are doing.

"It shows how far the maternity unit here at the hospital has come along since the new hospital first opened in 2000."

Another milestone will also be celebrated in the coming weeks as predicted figures show the 30,000 child to be delivered in the hospital.

He added: "Towards the end of this month or at the start of February we should be delivering the 30,000 baby here. It is a fantastic milestone and one that we have been eagerly anticipating.

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