5,000th Blackburn birth celebrated

Logan with parents Shane and Kinga and the birthing centres Gillian Smith. (s)
Logan with parents Shane and Kinga and the birthing centres Gillian Smith. (s)

An Accrington family are celebrating the birth of their little bundle of joy — the 5,000th baby to be born at Blackburn Birth Centre.

Proud mum Kinga Foley (28), gave birth to 7lb 4oz (3.37kg) son Logan in June.

She said finding out her new arrival was the 5,000th baby to be delivered at the birth centre on Park View Road came as a surprise: “It was nice to hear he was the 5,000th and it’s a lovely little memento to look back on.

“All the staff have been amazing – they are all so helpful and caring, and it is a really nice place to give birth as everything is close by.”

Blackburn Birth Centre, which was rated as “good” in its latest Care Quality Commission Inspection, has four en-suite rooms, two with double beds, and three birthing pools to afford women the privacy that they need and to give then as stress-free a birthing experience as possible.

The centre opened in 2010 and is led by a team of midwives.

Angela O’Toole, Head of Midwifery at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our team has accomplished so much in the past six and a half years and it’s been a real pleasure to help to welcome 5,000 babies into the world.

“We think that what makes Blackburn Birth Centre the best choice for having a baby is the entire team there who are so committed to making each family’s delivery experience very unique and truly special for each of them.”