Mum tells of giving birth on record day

A PROUD new mum who gave birth to her son on a record breaking day for Ipswich Hospital today said she couldn't be happier with the care she received.Lisa Allum, 30, of Fircroft Road, Ipswich, said she was treated like royalty when she went into hospital to give birth to her son, Casper-Sam James Pooley, on July 20.

A PROUD new mum who gave birth to her son on a record breaking day for Ipswich Hospital today said she couldn't be happier with the care she received.

Lisa Allum, 30, of Fircroft Road, Ipswich, said she was treated like royalty when she went into hospital to give birth to her son, Casper-Sam James Pooley, on July 20.

More than 20 babies were born on the milestone day, which has been hailed as an Ipswich Town-inspired record breaker.

Last week the Star reported how nine months after the team beat Luton 5-0 the town experienced a huge surge in the number of babies being born.

This baby boom was marked in the month of July by a record number of births, with an incredible 21 babies entering the world on July 20. Usually about ten can be expected on any one day.

Despite the fact that the midwives at Ipswich Hospital's maternity ward had more than double the amount of new babies, mothers and queasy dads to deal with, Miss Allum said staff in the ward couldn't have looked after her better.

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She said: “I wasn't rushed at all, I was seen straight away and I wasn't left alone at all during the birth.

“They didn't seem in any rush to get me out of the delivery room and it was only once I got on to the actual after care ward and people kept coming in with their new babies that I noticed.

“By the afternoon I realised that there had been so many born.

“But the midwives took it so in their stride you would never have realised.”

Miss Allum, who also has a two-year-old daughter, Ellie-May Pooley, remained coy about the Ipswich Town link.

She said she didn't think the spectacular win by Ipswich Town nine months before had any bearing on her son's birth, but she did say her husband Gavin Pooley was a football fan.

She said: “I don't think it was anything to do with it in my case, my other half does support Ipswich Town but it's not like they scored and then we celebrated!

“It isn't something that I remember happening anyway!”

According to statistics, Ipswich has seen an 18.5 per cent rise in birth rates since 2002.

Birth figures also show that there was a rise in the number of babies born nine months after England won the World Cup in 1966.

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