Baby is first arrival on new South Yorkshire ward

Stacey McCall, Jayne Shaw, Lorraine Ford, with Isabelle, and David Cockerline
Stacey McCall, Jayne Shaw, Lorraine Ford, with Isabelle, and David Cockerline
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Little Isabelle Cockerline was the star of the show when she made it as the first arrival at a new South Yorkshire birthing centre.

Isabelle made her entrance into the world as the first newborn baby at Barnsley Hospital’s revamped labour ward.

The infant– who weighed a healthy 8lb 14oz – is a third daughter for mum and dad Lorraine Ford and David Cockerline, and was delivered by midwives Jayne Shaw and Stacey McCall.

Lorraine, aged 34, said the new centre was ‘lovely’ - and she was proud to be the facility’s first mum.

“I’ve had a very positive experience giving birth here,” she said.

“The staff have been absolutely brilliant – my labour and the birth went very smoothly.

“It’s been a pleasure to give birth in the new centre.

“Now we can’t wait for Isabelle to meet her sisters, Lucy and Charlotte.”

Three of the unit’s seven birthing rooms contain birthing pools as well as beds, giving more mums-to-be the option of having a water birth.

Each of the seven rooms has décor in ‘calming’ colours, adjustable mood lighting, and an en-suite bathroom.

A three-bedded assessment unit has also been set up where midwives can decide whether women are ready to give birth, along with a dedicated room where bereaved parents can spend time with their child.

Senior midwife Jayne Shaw said: “Barnsley Birthing Centre is a fantastic environment to work in and we are very pleased to have been able to deliver the first baby here.

“We wish baby Isabelle and her family all the best and can’t wait for more new patients to arrive.”

Isabelle was born at just after 4.15pm on Tuesday.