Rugby couple welcome baby boy on their wedding anniversary

Claire, Toby and Gerrard Gilllooly
Claire, Toby and Gerrard Gilllooly

There was extra special reason for a Rugby mum to welcome the arrival of baby son Toby.

Claire Gillooly gave birth at 2.04am on Monday and the arrival of her new son eight days early meant he was the 1,000th baby born at the Lucina Birth Centre in Coventry at University Hospital in Coventry.

It was a beautiful birth and a fantastic gift on their wedding anniversary

Vicky Taylor, midwife

For Claire and husband Gerrard, Toby arrived in time for another special day – the couple’s second wedding anniversary.

Delighted mum of three Claire said: “We came for a tour of Lucina early on in the pregnancy and really liked it. The centre looked great and we were very impressed so it was really pleasing to be able to come here. My contractions started about 1.20am so we called the midwife who said we needed to come in. I was a bit stressed in the car on the way here, but once we arrived at Lucina around 1.40am, I felt a lot calmer and more relaxed. The midwife was fantastic and Toby arrived just after 2am.

“As it was our anniversary, Gerrard had booked the day off work as we’d arranged to spend the day together and go out for lunch. While those plans got cancelled, we can’t think of a better anniversary present and are thrilled with Toby. His older brother and sister were overjoyed when we told them.”

Midwife Vicky Taylor, who delivered baby Toby, said: “I knew Claire was coming in so I got the birth pool ready for her. It was a beautiful birth and a fantastic gift on their wedding anniversary.”

The centre opened on September 2, 2013 and is named after the Roman Goddess for childbirth, Lucina.