Baby Amelia, the first daughter of Jodie and Jilah Spinks-Summerell
Baby Amelia, the first daughter of Jodie and Jilah Spinks-Summerell Alina Rylko

Baby girl delights at new birthing service

IT'S a girl!

Baby Amelia is the gorgeous first baby to be born at Murwillumbah Hospital's new Tweed Valley Birth Service, which reopened this week following months of intensive community campaigning.

The first daughter of Murwillumbah couple Jodie and Jilah Spinks-Summerell, Amelia was born about 8pm last night, weighing in at five pounds and six ounces.

The couple was glowing when the Tweed Daily News visited them at the new Women's Care Centre (previously the Maternity Ward) this morning.

"It was the best birthday present ever," said beaming dad Jilah, who also celebrated his 24th birthday today.

Mum Jodie said the "stress-free" 16-hour labour kicked off at 4am yesterday.

"I called my midwife and she was on leave, so another one of the midwives, who I already knew, came to my house at 5am," the first-time mum said.

"She assessed me and said I could stay at home longer."

The 21-year-old was admitted to Murwillumbah Hospital at 11.30am as her labour progressed.

"They say after 8cm the contractions peak and speed up, but I had breaks of up to five minutes in between some contractions and some came in between 30 seconds," Jodie said.

"When I was pushing my waters were still intact and (Amelia's) heartrate dropped, as soon as I heard that I used all of my strength to get her out."

Jodie's waters broke on the last push and Amelia was born. The midwife unwrapped the umbilical cord from around Amelia's neck and tummy.

"She twisted the cord free," said Jilah.

"I cut the cord but I accidentally announced the wrong sex!"

Within moments, Amelia turned pink and began to cry.

"My midwife made me feel extremely calm, there was no stress in the room, she knew exactly what she was doing," Mrs Spinks-Summerell said.

"Oxygen was ready to go, but Amelia did not need it."

The couple were relieved to be able to have the birth at Murwillumbah Hospital.

"It just felt like I was at home. It was lovely," Jodie said.

"I had no pain relief and I used the bath."

The new family will stay in hospital until Monday so Amelia can be monitored.



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