Baby Aidan makes history

Baby born 75 years to the day since opening of Scarborough Hospital Maternity Unit'Caroline, Chris, Aidan Marshall Pearson 1 day old'PA1143-6

Baby born 75 years to the day since opening of Scarborough Hospital Maternity Unit'Caroline, Chris, Aidan Marshall Pearson 1 day old'PA1143-6

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THE birth of Bridlington baby Aidan Marshall Pearson has marked a special moment in the history of Scarborough Hospital’s maternity ward.

For little Aidan’s birth on Sunday marked 75 years to the day since the first baby was delivered at the hospital.

Proud parents Chris and Caroline are over the moon with their first child and are delighted that his birth has made its mark on the history of the hospital.

Chris said: “I was there throughout the whole birth and it was a difficult one. Caroline was in labour for over 24 hours and needed help from two doctors and three midwives because he didn’t seem to want to come out!

“We were told that his birth marked the 75-year anniversary of the first baby born at the hospital and it’s funny because the first baby was called George and that’s my dad’s name, so he’s loving the connection.

“We are all delighted with Aidan, I am loving being a dad and we’re looking forward to our first Christmas with him.”

Aidan was born at 10.32am on Sunday, weighing a healthy 9lbs.

He is now back at his Victory Court home in Bridlington with his doting parents.

Scarborough Hospital celebrated its 75th birthday on Sunday, marking the anniversary of when H.R.H the Duke of Kent officially opened its doors on October 23, 1936, a day which saw the arrival of the hospital’s first baby, George.

Although maternity services have changed significantly over the last 75 years, Scarborough Hospital continues to welcome babies from across the Bridlington, Scarborough Whitby and Ryedale area and last year the trust’s team of midwives delivered over 1,700 babies.

Women also have more choice than they did back in 1936 as modern mothers can choose to have their baby either at the hospital’s main delivery ward, its midwifery-led unit or at home with midwife support.

Commenting on the hospital’s birthday celebrations, Mike Proctor, Chief Executive, said: “Marking 75 years since the hospital officially opened its doors gives us the opportunity to reflect on the dedication of our loyal staff over those years.”