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THE 500th arrival at Scarborough Hospital’s midwifery-led unit was given a very special welcome to the world.

Baby Emie was born at 8.40am on Monday morning, weighing 6lbs 7ozs, to proud parents Debbie Rickards, Anthony Clarke-Small and big brother Dylan, who is two years old.

Debbie, 24, of Eastfield, said that she knew that she wanted to give birth in the unit. She had originally planned to have a water birth, however there was no time as Emie was born just over an hour after Debbie arrived at hospital.

The unit had its first birth in February 2010 and since then 500 babies have been born in the purpose-built unit, with mothers from across Scarborough, Whitby, Bridlington and Ryedale choosing the unit as their first choice to give birth.

Celina Taylor, manager of the MLU, had baked a cake for the occasion.

She explained: “I came in yesterday to do some paperwork and I noticed we were up to our 499th birth so I went home and baked a cake ready for our 500th arrival which was beautiful baby Emie.”

Following the closure of the Jubilee Birth Centre at Castle Hill Hospital near Hull, the MLU at Scarborough Hospital is now the only midwifery-led birthing centre in the area.

The purpose-designed unit, which has three birthing rooms, is a low technology environment, supervised by midwives, offering low risk mothers and babies home-style births.

Any woman can choose to have their baby in the midwifery-led unit, as long as they meet the low risk criteria.

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