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Baby Evie becomes Barking centre’s 500th birth

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 September 2015

Rosie Gentry with daughter Evie

Rosie Gentry with daughter Evie

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Every birth is a momentous occasion but one young mum’s life-defining day has been made that extra bit special.

Staff members Marina Rut Marcos, Massilyn Tizora, Cathy Falvey-Browne, Virginia Grigaityte, Nataja Stroude, Pearl Kowlessar-Manoo at Barking Birthing CentreStaff members Marina Rut Marcos, Massilyn Tizora, Cathy Falvey-Browne, Virginia Grigaityte, Nataja Stroude, Pearl Kowlessar-Manoo at Barking Birthing Centre

Rosie Gentry gave birth to the 500th baby to be born at Barking Community Birthing Centre.

The 21-year-old became the proud parent of little Evie and had such a good experience at the Upney Lane centre she now wants others to follow suit.

“I felt very laid back at the centre, it didn’t feel like being in a hospital at all,” Rosie said of Evie’s July 1 birth.

“The staff were very friendly and I had the room all to myself – it was lovely.

“And as I live just around the corner, it was also really convenient.

“It was very quiet and I was in a water bath for the majority of the time, which was really nice. I would definitely recommend it.”

The birth centre opened in December 2012 as a specialist midwife-led facility.

GP and chairman of Barking and Dagenham Clinical Commissioning Group, Dr Waseem Mohi, said: “We’re delighted so many women have chosen to have their baby at the centre, and we’d like to congratulate Rosie and Evie, as well as the other mothers and children who use the centre every day.

“We know having the right environment can make a big difference to you and your baby’s experience of birth.

“More and more women are choosing the centre because of the benefits it offers.”

The midwives are all trained in birthing techniques and pools are available for water births.

Fatima Abdulkadir used the water pool to give birth to her second child on Monday.

Pearl Kowlessar-Manoo, the midwifery manager, said: “We are very proud to reach the milestone of 500 births – it proves the home-from-home environment and high standard of care we provide has become an important and much-valued option for local women.”


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