Bundles of joy for Peak District couples

Bev and Stephen Waterworth with daughter Eliza who was born on Boxing Day
Bev and Stephen Waterworth with daughter Eliza who was born on Boxing Day

A BUXTON couple received an unexpected delivery on New Year’s Day with the birth of their daughter Sophie.

The new-born, weighing in at 6lb 15oz, took Natalie Hunter, 21, and partner Mark Darnborough, 27, a little by surprise.

New Years Day baby Sophie arrived in hurry and was born on the bathroom floor, with parents Natalie Hunter and Mark Darnborough.

New Years Day baby Sophie arrived in hurry and was born on the bathroom floor, with parents Natalie Hunter and Mark Darnborough.

Half an hour after visiting the Cottage Hospital for an apparent false alarm, Natalie gave birth to Sophie on the bathroom floor of the couple’s Darwin Avenue home at 7.38pm — two days earlier than planned.

It is the couple’s first child together.

“We were a little shocked, but are both very pleased. Everything happened so quickly. The midwives arrived with ten minutes to spare,” explained Natalie, who also has a second daughter, Lyla, aged two.

And there was some festive joy for proud parents Bev and Steve Waterworth as they celebrated the birth of their new baby girl.

Little Eliza was born at Corbar Birth Centre at 1am on Boxing Day, weighing 7lb 11oz.

“We are over the moon, very happy, but a bit tired,” said Bev, who paid tribute to the service provided by staff at the Corbar maternity unit.

Bev, 30, and Steve, 33, of Church Road, New Mills, have been married for three years.