Midwife-led birth centre celebrates its 500th baby of the year

Communications TeamNews

Midwives at Hull’s Fatima Allam Birth Centre are celebrating the delivery of their 500th baby of the year.

Entrance to the Fatima Allam midwife-led birth centre

Baby Jenson Rackham was born to parents Kate Clayton and Tim Rackham, from Beverley, on the evening of Monday 18th December, weighing 7lb 1oz.

Brother to two older siblings, Ozzie (3) and Piper (20 months), Jenson seemed to be in a bit of a hurry to get here, but that’s no bad thing, as mum Kate explains:

“I started with contractions on and off in the early hours of the morning, then they went away until the kids had gone to bed, around 6:45pm. Then it all happened really quickly; by around 8.30pm we were in hospital and at 10:09pm Jenson was born.

The family around the Christmas tree - dad Tim, mum Kate, and children Ozzie, Piper and Jenson

Tim and Kate are now ready to celebrate Christmas with Ozzie, Piper and baby Jenson

“Jenson arrived earlier than we expected, but I’m actually quite glad as I was getting anxious that he or she – as we kept it a surprise – would arrive on Christmas Day and I would miss dinner!”

Kate says her experience on the midwife-led unit was outstanding:

“I had both Piper and Jenson at the Fatima Allam Birth Centre and the staff have been absolutely fantastic every time, we couldn’t’ fault any one of them.

“The unit provides such a calming atmosphere, the rooms are better than some hotel rooms, and there’s only minimal intervention from the midwives as you need it.

“We’d like to say thank you to each and every person who works there. The birth centre is a fantastic resource and an amazing tool to help mums achieve the most magical births.”

Katie Headlam, Midwifery Sister at the Fatima Allam Birth Centre says:

“I’d like to pass on my congratulations to Kate and Tim on the birth of their baby boy. It was a pleasure to welcome them back to the Fatima Allam Birth Centre.

“Reaching 500 births this year is a wonderful achievement and I am so proud of my team and the support we have from our wider multidisciplinary team in the maternity unit.

“We are so grateful that, thanks to the late Dr Assem Allam and his family, families have the option of using the only alongside midwife-led unit in our local maternity system area.

“Since we opened in 2017, we have welcomed nearly 4000 babies into the world and the Fatima Allam Birth Centre has gone from strength to strength.”