The end of an era...and a new start!

Natalie Sayer with her partner, Daniel and new baby Harvey.'First baby born at Pindersfields in nearly a decade.'w4585a109
Natalie Sayer with her partner, Daniel and new baby Harvey.'First baby born at Pindersfields in nearly a decade.'w4585a109
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LITTLE Lucy Alice Reyner marked the end of an era by being the last baby to be born in the old Pontefract General Infirmary.

The bouncing baby was born to proud parents Sarah Worley, 28, and Daniel Reyner, 26, at 12.35pm on Friday February 25 – the day the Friarwood Road hospital’s old maternity unit closed its doors.

Sarah Worley, 28, was the last mum to have her baby at the old Pontefract General Infirmary.Sarah with baby Lucy and dad Daniel Reyner.

Sarah Worley, 28, was the last mum to have her baby at the old Pontefract General Infirmary.Sarah with baby Lucy and dad Daniel Reyner.

Sarah, Kettlethorpe, Wakefield, wasn’t expecting Lucy’s arrival until Sunday February 27. She said having her daughter in Pontefract was “extra-special” because she’d also given birth to her three sons in the ward, adding: “If she’d been born on the day she was due she’d have been born in Wakefield’s Pinderfields Hospital.

“Lucy’s created her own little bit of history and has been born in the same hospital as her brothers.”

Little Lucy weighed in at 5lbs 15oz and was welcomed into the world by her brothers Joshua, six, Henry, five and Oliver, 17 months.

Although she was the last baby to be born in the old hospital, mums have been giving birth to babies in a midlife-led unit in the new state-of-the-art Pontefract Hospital since last June.

Meanwhile, little Harvey Jack Spencer Ruckledge, of Little Smeaton, was the first baby to be born at Pinderfields Hospital in nine years last Friday.

Mum Natalie Sayer, 24, of Wentdale, thought she was set for delivery at PGI until midwives told her she would be the first to have her baby at the new £240m hospital in Wakefield.

She said: “I started contractions at 3am and rang Pontefract – who asked if I was aware that they were moving over that morning. I was the first person to call the new unit at 7am, and the first to arrive at 8am.”

Baby Harvey arrived at 3.33pm, weighing 6lb 8oz.

He is now at home with mum and dad Daniel Ruckledge, 25.