First babies born in new birthing unit

The first baby has been born at the region’s new emergency specialist hospital.

Kiara Montgomery, from south east Northumberland, arrived in the early evening of June 16, was among the first babies born in the birthing unit at the new Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, in Cramlington, on the day it opened.

She was joined by Theo David Callan, from North Tyneside, and both babies’ parents have been presented with silver money boxes and flowers by the midwives.

Tammy Montgomery from Widdrington Station, mother of Kiara said: “The unit is fantastic and so were the staff.”

Head of midwifery for Northumbria Healthcare, Janice McNicholl said: “The birth of these new babies on the first day the Birthing Unit opened marks a milestone in maternity care at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation.

“The number of mothers booking in to our fantastic new unit is increasing month on month and we look forward to meeting them when they arrive here.

“ It is a special time and we want mothers-to-be to know that we will ensure they have a good experience in the new unit.

The new hospital opened for the first time on June 16 after years of planning.