Lisburn couple Stephen and Louise Patterson are celebrating the birth of their son Callum.
Lisburn couple Stephen and Louise Patterson are celebrating the birth of their son Callum. The baby boy was born two days late on January 23 at Lagan Valley Hospital's midwife-led unit.
He weighed a healthy 8lbs 13oz and measured 50.5cm on arrival into the world.
Proud new parents Louise (32), an accountant, and Stephen (31), a civil engineer, said hospital staff provided excellent care in a relaxed environment for their son's water birth.
"We want to thank Mary Wallace and Maria Byrne, midwives at Lagan Valley, who assisted in our son's calm delivery in the birthing pool," Stephen said.
"We would also like to thank the rest of the staff for their excellent care in a relaxed environment."
Louise said: "Everyone was brilliant. I held Callum straight away and Stephen was with me.
"He cut the cord and then had bonding time before Callum was taken away to be weighed.
"There was a lovely and relaxing atmosphere," Louise added.
"We had done hypno-birthing classes before and brought our own music."
A tired but very happy Louise said she and Stephen are facing the challenges being new parents bring and love everything about getting to know their beautiful son.
"Being a mum is great and Stephen loves being a dad," she said. "It's a big learning curve for us and it's fun getting to know him and spending all our time with him."