New pool helps mums to make a splash

Sheridan Young and Kurt Portus with their daughter Katelyn Jane Portus. EMN-141108-165946001
Sheridan Young and Kurt Portus with their daughter Katelyn Jane Portus. EMN-141108-165946001

Boston’s Pilgrim Hospital has welcomed its first baby to be delivered in its new state-of-the-art birthing pool.

Sheridan Young, 22, from Skegness, gave birth to Katelyn Jane Portus, weighing 7.14lbs.

The new mum said: “It was my midwife Kayleigh Willis who first suggested giving birth in a pool as my baby was back to back in the womb and she said it would help with the pain relief.

“It had crossed my mind at the start of the pregnancy but I must admit I had worries about giving birth in water and originally said no to it.

“Having now had a water birth I would definitely recommend it to other people and have a friend who is also now thinking about it.

“Kayleigh made the room so lovely with candles, relaxing music and dimmed the lights so I had soft green lighting.

“It made the whole experience relaxing.”

Sheridan was accompanied by her fiancé Kurt Portus who drove her down from their home in Sea View Road for the 40-minute journey to the Pilgrim Hospital.

She said: “At the time it felt like the longest journey ever. Once we got to the hospital I was pumping on my gas while Kayleigh got the room ready. She helped me into the pool and I got on all fours for the birth.

“I was in labour for about three-and-a-half hours, plus time as the contractions started at home.”

Her new arrival Katelyn is already becoming a real water baby as she apparently loves bathtime.

Hazel Harrison, Pilgrim Hospital’s labour ward co-ordinator, said: “The birthing pool at Pilgrim has been developed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for new mothers who want natural, relaxing birth experiences.

“We have been fortunate enough to secure funding from the Government to purchase the most up-to-date birthing pool and equipment to support active, natural births.

“This is a real asset to the hospital and means that we can offer more birthing choices to women who decide to have their babies here in Boston.”