Councillor’s hospital dash for birth of baby Emily

Councillor’s hospital dash for birth of baby Emily

9 June 2021

THE birth of his third baby wasn’t on the agenda for Alan Lewis but baby Emily decided to make her point.

Just after the Slieve Croob councillor had logged off from the monthly meeting of Newry, Mourne and Down Council on Monday night,  his wife, Zoe, told him that her waters had broken and their baby was on the way.

As the couple travelled to the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Mrs Lewis was having full-blown contractions.

Despite being nearly ready to have the baby on arrival, Emily was not born until 1.30am yesterday — the date she was due — at a healthy weight of 7lb 13oz.

She is the third child of the couple who live in Clough with five year-old big brother Harry and four year-old sister Olivia.

Mr Lewis said he and his wife were “blessed” to welcome Emily Anne Hilary into their family and he was so proud of his wife.

“We made it to the Ulster Hospital just in time. Full contractions had already started, but thankfully there was no drama or over-excitement. I am happy to report that no speed limits were broken,” he joked.

“I wish to thank the superb and supportive midwifery team at the Ulster Hospital. Their outstanding dedication and professionalism is second to none. 

“Like countless other couples throughout Northern Ireland, we 

are in their debt. There may be a global pandemic, but they carry on unfazed. Their love for the job shines through as they share in the joy of new life.”