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Special arrival for Northumberland family and RAF dad

Wednesday, 09 July, 2014
Special arrival for Northumberland family and RAF dad

As the nation celebrates the arrival of the Royal baby, one family in Northumberland are celebrating the very special arrival of their own baby boy.

Baby Elijah Stockdale, weighing 8lb 5.5oz, was the first baby born at Wansbeck General Hospital after the arrival of the His Royal Highness the Prince of Cambridge in London.

Born at 5.14pm, just 50 minutes after the Royal baby, Elijah joins two brothers – three-and-a-half year-old Jefferson and one-and-a-half-year-old Tristan.  Elijah arrived just in time to meet his dad Jeffrey – a Senior Aircraftman serving at RAF Boulmer who heads off on duty to the Falklands tomorrow so that he can be back in time for his new baby’s first Christmas.

Proud parents Chelsea Stockdale, 25, who is originally from America and Jeffrey Stockdale, 30, who is based at RAF Boulmer in Northumberland, arrived at Wansbeck General Hospital at around 10.30am yesterday morning and baby Elijah arrived a few hours later.

Mum Chelsea said: “Elijah came very quickly and we were really grateful for the fantastic care we received from the midwives at Wansbeck General Hospital.  I wanted to come home yesterday evening to be with my husband and my other children before Jeffrey departs for the Falklands tomorrow – everyone at Wansbeck were really supportive.

“It is quite fitting that Elijah shared his birthday with the Royal baby as they both have fathers in the RAF – although I doubt Prince William will be going back to work quite as soon!  We all had a bit of joke here at RAF Boulmer, wondering how many RAF babies were born yesterday.  My grandmother back over in America is really delighted and is big fan of the Royals.”

Dad Jeffrey added: “There was a real buzz across the whole maternity unit yesterday in Wansbeck because of the Royal baby and it was really lovely for the midwives to get us a present, they made the day really special for us, especially as I leave for my RAF duties tomorrow.”

Mum Chelsea will now be supported by community midwives from Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, visiting her at home to provide ongoing postnatal care and support.  To celebrate the first baby born within the Trust after the Royal baby, midwives organised a special present for the Stockdale family.

Head of Midwifery at Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Janice McNichol, said: “The arrival of the Royal baby was a historic day for our country and we wanted to mark the occasion across all of our maternity units and with some special presents for our first arrivals after the new prince.  Our warm congratulations go to all the families whose babies were born with us yesterday across our five maternity units in Northumberland and North Tyneside.”

A total of eight babies were delivered by midwives working across Northumberland and North Tyneside yesterday.  A few hours after the birth of the Royal baby, there was also a special arrival at Northumbria Healthcare’s maternity unit at North Tyneside General Hospital.

Georgia Preston was born at 9.05pm to proud parents Amanda and Lee, both 31.  Georgia, who weighed 8lbs, was born within 20 minutes of Amanda coming to the unit.

Amanda, from Howdon, said: “It feels really special that Georgia was born on the same day as the Royal baby. Kate and William have their prince and we’ve got our very own little princess. We’ll never forget that she shares her birthday with a prince.”

Amanda and Lee – who had already picked the name – thanked the midwives for the excellent care they received.

They said their three other children – Dylan, nine, Lara, eight, and six-year-old Owen – were extremely happy and really excited to meet their little sister.