King's Lynn mums-to-be kept up to date with Royal birth
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The maternity unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn was busy with its own births on Monday - but many of the mums-to-be still found time to keep up-to-date with the news of the Royal baby.
Danielle Kendle said she was watching the news on the television even as she was in labour.
As the official announcement came at around 8.30pm, friends texted her to say that the new heir to the throne had been born. At that stage it was touch-and-go whether the 28-year-old, of Bishop’s Park, King’s Lynn, would give birth on the same day.
Eventually, she gave birth at 9.04pm to Logan, who weighed in at 7lb and 7oz.
“When I fell pregnant and saw that Kate was pregnant, I thought we would have our babies on the same day,” she said. “We were cutting it fine but I’m quite proud Logan was born on the same day.”
Born just 16 minutes after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby was born, 26-year-old Julie Walsh, of Little Walsingham, gave birth to Khaleesi Grace Walsh, who weighed 7lb and 2oz.
“They announced on the news that she was going into labour just before we came into the hospital,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have wanted public attention like that but, for them, they didn’t really have a choice.”
The slightly more unusual name came from the fact Mrs Walsh’s husband, Michael, 29, is a fan of the television series Game of Thrones. Khaleesi is the title of one of the leading female characters.
“I like the name, I was a bit unsure of it at first but it has grown on me.”
Khaleesi is the pair’s third child after Joseph, five, and Archie, three.
Karen Prentice, 41, of Macefield, Downham Market, gave birth to Luke John Griggs a couple of hours earlier at 2.28pm.
“I thought it would be close,” she said. “I hope that the baby has some space to grow up.”
Jennifer Cockell, 30, of Ferry Road, West Lynn, gave birth at 5.29am to Lola Rogers, having been in labour since Saturday. She was given an emergency caesarean.
“We knew it would be close but we weren’t planning on it being the same day,” said Miss Cockell of Lola, who weighed in at 7lb 6oz.
“Kate has got a lot of people around her to help, so I hope their baby will have a happy future.”
Dad Peter, 30, said that Lola had “surprised us all”.
Kayleigh Enefer, 17, had not been too interested in the Royal Family until she heard the Duchess of Cambridge was also pregnant at the same time as she was.
“It seemed that everything that was happening to her was happening to me,” she said. “When she was taken into hospital with dehydration and morning sickness, I had to go into hospital for the same reason.” Both were also overdue by about a week.
Kayleigh gave birth to Brooklyn, a girl, weighing 7lb 8oz, at 6.30am – about the same time as Kate was being taken into hospital.
Kayleigh later praised the Duchess for how she had handled the pregnancy in the public gaze and praised her as a role model for her and father Dylan Hughes, also 17, who lives with her in Lindon Road, Clenchwarton.
“You want your privacy when you’re pregnant” she said. “After you’ve given birth you want to share it with the world but at the moment when it’s born it is a very private moment. I think they are going to be on of the best Royal parents. They are influential for us because they are parents we could look up to.”
The pair are due to start a childhood studies course at the College of West Anglia later in the year.