Hospital drama ends in hotel birth
A woman gave birth in a hotel after being turned away from a leading hospital, it has been reported.
Michelle Booth's first child was born in the Radisson Edwardian Grafton - just yards away from London's University College Hospital.
The 39-year-old attended the hospital's maternity unit on March 16 but was told that her labour was not yet advanced enough.
But instead of going home Ms Booth's partner Richard Eades, 45, checked in to the four-star hotel across the street, she told told the Camden New Journal.
Four hours later, despite repeated calls to midwives, Ms Booth gave birth to her son in the hotel room, with the aid of two paracetamol and hypnotherapy CDs.
She told the newspaper: "Basically, they said there was nowhere for us to go. I was making a lot of noise. I was actually worried about getting thrown out of the hotel, so I was shouting into the duvet.
"It was a bizarre moment. We looked at each other like 'did we just do that? Have we really had a baby in a hotel?' Then it was complete elation."
The couple, from Hackney, east London, named their baby boy George Reggie Eades - the middle name Reg is an acronym of the initials of the hotel where he was born. The couple rang reception and six paramedics attended, cut the cord and carried Ms Booth across the road and into the hospital.
Pat O'Brien, University College London Hospital's clinical director for women's health, said: "The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) advises that any woman assessed to be in the very early stages of labour, and who is giving birth for the first time, is advised to go home until labour is more advanced, keeping in contact with the hospital by phone to advise on progress.
"This is perfectly normal and research shows that women do better in familiar surroundings where they can relax. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Michelle and her partner on the birth of their healthy baby boy."