Meet the patients: Owen Hayter
Staff at the New Forest Birth Centre were delighted to celebrate the arrival of their 100th baby, Owen Hayter.
Kirsty Richardson, 22, from Hythe, gave birth to 8lb 6oz Owen in one of the centre’s birth pools, with partner Martyn Hayter by her side.
Kirsty hadn’t planned to give birth at the new centre, but was glad she did and would recommend it to other mums.
She said: “The care and attention I received during and after labour was brilliant; the midwives and maternity care assistants gave me lots of support.
“The pool was big and they kept it at a good temperature. I wasn’t left on my own for a minute.”
The couple’s other son, four-year-old Aaron, came in to see his mum and new baby brother, but it wasn’t long before Kirsty and Owen were ready to go home and be with the rest of the family.
Owen’s name has now been added to a tree of life created by one of the mums-to-be at the birth centre.
She painted the tree without any leaves and made a leaf for each of the first 100 babies born there. With the mother’s consent, each name and date of birth has been added and it hangs in the front entrance of the birth centre.