London Fields baby named after hotel where he was born after hospital turns parents away
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George Reggie Eades may only be three weeks old but he is already famous in Hackney – for being named in honour of the hotel where he was born.
George, whose middle name is based on the initials of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Grafton, was born at the luxury hotel after midwives told his mum she was not yet in labour – and turned her away from University College Hospital (UCH).
Within hours, George was born in the bathroom of the Tottenham Court Road hotel, where his parents had gone to wait because they could not face the taxi ride back to their home off Mare Street, London Fields.
His mum Michelle Booth, 39, an advertising planner, tried to stop fellow guests from hearing what was going on by muffling her cries with the duvet while his quick-thinking dad Richard Eades, 45, who works in TV, caught him in his arms.
Eventually, the couple dialled reception for help and the hotel manager came rushing to see what had happened, followed by six paramedics who cut the cord and transported mum and baby around the corner to UCH.
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But although the couple never expected to give birth in a hotel room, with just paracetamol for pain relief, Miss Booth – who had been on a HypnoBirthing course in an attempt to have a natural childbirth – now sees it as proof labour can be an empowering experience if you let your body get on with it.
Miss Booth said: “When the hospital checked me that morning, I was only dilated by one centimetre but I didn’t want to have to go home and come back. I just wanted to get somewhere safe.
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“The hotel was a bit nervous but Richard said, ‘Don’t worry, we’re not having the baby here.’
“The contractions got stronger but we were waiting for them to be a minute long so we could go back to hospital. I was mewing into the duvet. We called the midwife and she said to give me a couple of paracetamol.
“Then it all went quiet. I thought it was the paracetamol – but it turns out I was in transition. Then I got the urge to push.
“Then I felt the baby’s head. I was standing up – and Richard caught the baby.
“We just looked at each other and were elated. Richard put the baby on me and wrapped us both up. The baby was crying and I felt really empowered – like some mad warrior woman.
“It was actually very romantic. It proves childbirth is a natural thing, something women have been doing for millennia.”
George, who was recently recognised at baby massage in Bethnal Green, will have a collage of clippings to look at when he is older.
Hotel manager Neil Duffen has invited the family to stay over on George’s first birthday. He said: “I went upstairs and was met by the father, who was very happy.
“The baby was crying in the background, which was very good. We feel quite honoured to have a baby named after the hotel.”
UCH has told the couple it will now set aside somewhere for women in the early stages of labour to wait.
Pat O’Brien, clinical director for women’s health, added that it was normal for a first-time mother to be told to wait at home until labour is in its more advanced stages.