The last baby born at Welwyn Garden City hospital

PUBLISHED: 17:25 27 October 2011

The Fernandez family

The Fernandez family


HERE is gorgeous bundle Zachary Alexander Fernandez.

Weighing 8lbs, 10oz, he is the last baby to ever be born at the QE2 Hospital as we currently know it and, as it stands, could be the last child to ever be delivered by a midwife in a WGC hospital.

He arrived in the world just eight minutes after the Peartree Maternity Ward closed its doors to new patients for the final time, last Tuesday (October 18) morning at 7.38am.

Father Rob, from WGC, was delighted when he phoned up the hospital at 6.30am to check the unit was still open, fearing trips to either Lister or Watford hospitals, to hear his partner Emily Meyer would still be accepted at the QE2.

The Kelbys resident then rushed Emily, who was having strong contractions at the time, to the hospital and by the time they were going up the lift to the fifth-floor unit Zachary was on his way.

Elated Rob, 37, told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “We were extremely lucky that in the lift we just happened to have three midwives with us.

“My partner’s waters broke as she got out the lift at 7.05am.

“There’s absolutely no way we would have made any other hospital, we were very fortunate that it was still open.”

Emily, 28, added: “We were really lucky with the timing, it just shows you why you want maternity services close by.”

Rob, who has worked in WGC for 10 years, and Emily, originally from Scotland, have just moved into the area, from Watford, with their 20-month-old daughter Anhua.

And Rob said: “Of course we are very proud to be the last parents, it’s quite an accolade for little Zach; he will be famous!

“But it’s such a shame that the maternity ward had to close, we had a fantastic service there and we are very honoured – we both know this area very well, and we’re planning on staying for a long time; this is now our home.”

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