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As Prime Minister Boris Johnson and partner Carrie Symonds welcomed a son on Wednesday (April 29), elsewhere new parents Baksho Rani and Krishan Lal were welcoming their own bundle of joy.
Julia was born just before 7am, less than an hour after Baksho and Krishan arrived at Queen’s Hospital, Romford.
The couple, of Hunter Road, Ilford, found out Julia had arrived around the same time as the PM’s baby a few hours after her birth, and said it made their own arrival seem even more special.
Baksho, 39, added: “When they put her on my chest after she was born it was amazing. I said to her, ‘I’ve been waiting a long time for you madam’. I was so happy to have a baby girl.”
Some new mums may be anxious ahead of giving birth, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, besides from maternity staff wearing PPE, things aren’t that different for women in labour at Queen’s Hospital.
Mums go to the same separate maternity entrance, and are triaged in the same way. Birthing partners are also able to stay with them throughout the birth, Krishan, 41, only needed to leave when Baksho and Julia were moved from the labour ward to the postnatal area.
Sue Lovell, director of midwifery at Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Our entire maternity team is working extremely hard to continue to care for women throughout their pregnancy and birth and for the most part, their experience will be no different to normal.
“Of course we are taking extra precautions to keep them, and the staff caring for them, safe, which is why we are wearing PPE and have visiting restrictions in places throughout the department.”
Bashko’s baby, arrived following a busy night at Queen’s Hospital with 15 births.
Krishan and Baksho with baby Julia