International Homebirth Day: First baby born at Lovell Homes Howden development

Beth Clark has welcomed the first baby born at Howden’s Lovell Homes development, Saddlers Grange.

Beth and family

Last September, Beth made the decision to have a homebirth at her new home and is now reflecting back on the decision for International Home Birth Day.

International Home Birth Day is a global celebration dedicated to recognising the beauty, empowerment, and benefits of giving birth in the comfort of your own home. Observed annually, this day aims to raise awareness about home birth as a safe and viable option for many families, supported by skilled midwives and healthcare professionals.

Little Jesse is Beth and Andy’s second son, and the couple were so pleased to be able to have a home birth in their new home. It wasn’t a hugely difficult decision for Beth, as she explains:

“I always liked the idea of a home birth, but I was a bit nervous. It was actually my health visitor who seriously suggested it and got the ball rolling in my mind. I really liked the idea of staying at home, where I was comfortable and felt safe, and I learned that it really boosts the hormones needed for birth.

I found the midwives at Goole to be very supportive of my decision. The team there is extremely passionate about home birth and helped me to have the most beautiful experience.”

The trend of home births is increasing, with, about one in every 40 births in England (2.3 per cent in 2020) being at home. For the first time in five years, this has shown a slight increase compared to 2.1 per cent in 2019. Beth recalls her experience:

“Everything about having a homebirth was homely (for want of a better word!), and it felt like such a beautiful and natural experience. The midwives kept the house spotless; you wouldn’t have known I’d given birth. Even the towels were washed, dried and back in the cupboard by bedtime! It’s lovely too that I am reminded of Jesse’s birth every time I go into our kitchen.”

Sarah Lancaster, Regional Sales Manager, at Lovell Homes, commented:

“When we learnt about Jesse being born and the first baby born in a Saddlers Grange home, we were over the moon! It’s an honour that Beth and Andy not only bought one of our homes during the development because it already felt like home to them but also because they loved it so much that they decided to give birth to their second son in their home. We wish the family all the best and give our love to little Jesse. We can’t wait to see him grow up in our community!”

Saddlers Grange is a new build home development of three and four-bedroom homes in Howden.

This charming town has all the ingredients for a great place to live, not least for its community, connectivity and commercial outlook. But it is not just the towns, cities and villages that attract. Howden, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds, is the gateway to exploring some of Britain’s most iconic countryside. The marketing suite and show homes are open Thursday to Monday 10am – 5pm, for more information or to register your interest on Saddlers Grange, visit their website or call 01430 670 868.