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Maxwell Jordan born in a pool is new centre’s 100th baby

PUBLISHED: 21:40 19 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 05 October 2010

LIttle Jordan, born  in a pool of water, with proud mum and dad

LIttle Jordan, born in a pool of water, with proud mum and dad

MEET Maxwell Jordan Thümer, the newborn marking the rebirth’ of Docklands in East London. Little Jordan is the 100th bundle of joy to arrive at Millwall’s new Barkantine birth centre on the Isle of Dogs in just four months. That’s 25 angel faces a month, almost one a day. Maxwell was the 100th born at the centre, but the first for new mum Joanna Thümer, 31, and husband Christian, 27, arriving in the world under water in birthing pool’ delivery

MEET Maxwell Jordan Thümer, the newborn marking the rebirth’ of Docklands with a fresh baby boom in East London.

Little Maxwell is the 100th bundle of joy born at Millwall’s new Barkantine birth centre on the Isle of Dogs in just four months.

That’s 25 angel faces a month, almost one a day.

Maxwell was the 100th born at the state-of-the-art centre, but the first for new mum Joanna Thümer, 31, and husband Christian, 27, arriving in the world under water at 9.51 pm on May 11.

The couple opted for a natural birthing pool’ delivery.

“The birth pool was brilliant,” Joanna recalls.

“We had a lot of attention from staff and felt supported by the midwives and able to make the choice of what to do without being pushed. I felt absolute confidence.”

The centre has five birthing rooms, each with a small pool, ensuite facilities, double bed, plasma television, sofa and balcony.

The suites are part of the new £12 million Barkantine medical centre which opened in Westferry-road by Barts & The London NHS Trust in January, the first of its kind in inner London with maternity care led by midwives. It differs from hospital maternity by being completely midwife led’ with no doctors on site.

But any mum developing complications during labour is taken to the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel for further care.

It was developed in response to women saying they need greater choice’ for place of birth.

Women can opt to use the birth centre through their GP or other health professionals, or by speaking directly to their local midwife.

Mothers can also call the centre directly on 020-7791 8300.


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