Mother's Day baby arrives early at Penarth spa

Penarth Times: HAPPY FAMILY: Kerry Willis with her son Dylan after she went into spontaneous labour at Penarth's ener-chi HAPPY FAMILY: Kerry Willis with her son Dylan after she went into spontaneous labour at Penarth's ener-chi

A PENARTH spa was transformed into a makeshift delivery room after a mum-to-be went into spontaneous labour during a relaxation treatment.

Kerry Willis, who was due to give birth on Mother’s Day, was enjoying a facial and reflexology session at ener-chi last Wednesday when she suddenly went into labour.

Staff at ener-chi made a makeshift delivery room and comforted her by providing blankets and mopping her brow as they waited for her husband and paramedics to arrive.

After paramedics arrived they gave her gas and air before she was rushed to hospital where she gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Dylan Willis, weighing 6 lb 4 oz.

Kerry, who has been going to the health and beauty spa ener-chi for relaxation treatments every month for the last two years, said that she hadn’t slept well the night before the appointment, but after beginning the facial she realised that it was more than just her baby wriggling around and that her contractions had started and she was in labour.

After attempting to contact her police officer husband, who was sleeping after working a night shift, she was taken to hospital where she was already 6cm dilated.

“I was doing the daisy birthing breathing exercises thinking I was at stage one, but I was a little bit further than that,” she said.

Kerry, who lives in Pengam Green in Cardiff, had been planning on a water birth but as her temperature was too low and she was soon 10cm dilated she went on to give birth to Dylan with a forceps delivery.

She said that the staff at University Hospital of Wales were “absolutely amazing” after she gave birth just three hours after first going into labour.

Kerry, 34, said that she was overjoyed at becoming a parent after battling Endometriosis and undergoing three rounds of IVF treatment.

“Afterwards my husband put him in my arms and gave me a kiss and finally we were a family,” she said.

She added that his unexpected delivery on Wednesday was the perfect gift ahead of Mother’s Day on Sunday and that IVF treatment had been an "emotional rollercoaster".

Judy Mancuso, owner of ener-Chi, said they were shocked at how quickly Kerry went from contractions to labour and that if it had been any quicker she would have given birth at the health spa.

"She went from nothing to trying to push the baby out in no time at all,” she said.

"In that short space of time it's very unusual. It's usually a day’s labour with a first born."

As well as qualified nurse Judy the health spa also benefitted from having a qualified general practitioner (GP) on the premises, who runs a facial aesthetic clinic on a Wednesday, to help provide advice and support as Kerry went into labour.

Former 'Come Dine With Me' contestant Judy, of Plymouth Road, added: "It was a massive shock to us, but it was wonderful being part of that special moment with someone."

She added that lots of pregnant mums came for relaxing treatments to help speed up giving birth, but that none had ever been so quick.

"Now we have loads of pregnant women asking if we can do it for them,” she said.

"Sometimes people need to get their mind in the right place before they can give birth, as if you are tense it won't happen naturally."

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