A new meaning to bathing the baby! Aylsham chef delivers his son in bathtub

Martin Hewitt helped deliver his son Frankie in the bath with help from his mum Beryl. Pictured with Martin's partner Tina Cole and their other son Charlie, 2. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Martin Hewitt helped deliver his son Frankie in the bath with help from his mum Beryl. Pictured with Martin's partner Tina Cole and their other son Charlie, 2. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Friday, July 11, 2014
9:33 AM

He is used to delivering tasty Italian dishes in the kitchen not babies in the bath.

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Martin Hewitt helped deliver his son Frankie in the bath with help from his mum Beryl. Pictured is Martin's partner Tina Cole. 
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLYMartin Hewitt helped deliver his son Frankie in the bath with help from his mum Beryl. Pictured is Martin's partner Tina Cole. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

But chef, Martin Hewitt, 47, from Town Lane in Aylsham, did just that after the early arrival of his second son in the upstairs family bathroom.

His partner Tina Cole, 27, gave birth to Frankie in the bath at 11.20pm on July 1 after going into labour two hours before.

Mr Hewitt, who works at Bella Vista restaurant in Cromer, safely delivered the 7lb 3oz baby after receiving support from a Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital midwife over the phone.

He said: “Frankie wasn’t due until July 4, so on the evening of July 1 at 9.15pm when Tina’s waters broke we made the usual call to the maternity unit. They said we should start timing the contractions and Tina should take a paracetamol, have a bath and chill out.”

By 10pm the labour had developed quickly and the hospital midwife provided support throughout the delivery on the phone through Mr Hewitt’s mother Beryl Welch, 70, who was in the bathroom.

Mrs Welch, from Nottinghamshire, was staying with the couple who have a one-year-old son called Charlie.

The youngster slept through the event, despite being in the room next door.

“Tina was screaming the roof off. It was pretty scary, but amazing. I have never had an experience like that before. It is the best thing I have ever done. Tina was amazing. She had no pain relief,” Mr Hewitt added.

He praised the midwife and said his mother was blown away by the experience.

The chef said: “Frankie is fantastic. He is a good sleeper. He is quite a quiet little baby. Charlie has been lovely with him.”

Frankie’s arrival in the empty bath was a stark contrast to his brother’s, whose hospital birth took four days.

Miss Cole is a supervisor at Martin’s Newsagents in Aylsham and both mother and baby were taken to hospital after the birth but sent home the morning after.

Have you just experienced an unusual family event? Email sophie.wyllie@archant.co.uk

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