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Mums roll up to push boat out for birth centre’s first birthday

PUBLISHED: 13:54 29 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Cheers! Parents and babes toast centre and (inset) little Rose who arrived for party

Cheers! Parents and babes toast centre and (inset) little Rose who arrived for party

MUMS have been pushing the boat out with an unusual birthday party at East London’s new birthing centre. They turned up at Millwall’s Barkantine birth centre on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday to toast its first anniversary

By Gemma Collins

MUMS have been pushing the boat out with an unusual birthday party at East London’s new birthing centre.

They turned up at Millwall’s Barkantine birth centre on the Isle of Dogs on Sunday to toast its first anniversary.

The centre has welcomed 330 babies into the world in its first 12 months since it opened in January last year.

It has five birthing rooms, each with a birthing pool, ensuite facilities, double bed and balcony. A team of midwives are on-hand, rather than doctors.

But right in the middle of Sunday’s celebrations, a new born arrived in the world to join in the shindig.

Schoolteacher Kate Johnson from Wapping gave birth to her first child, right in the middle of it all, a cute daughter she named Rose.

“I had my baby in the pool,” she said. “The staff were just so calm. It’s a really lovely atmosphere.”

She picked the centre rather than the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel because she could have more of an active birth with freedom to move around her room and use the birthing pool.

Kate joined in the celebrations with husband Andrew and little Rose. There’s nothing like partying’ when you join then planet.


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