Dec 18 2009 by Marc Mclean, Lennox Herald (main ed)
A BONHILL girl last week became the 100th baby to be born at Vale of Leven Hospital in 2009.
Little Rosie Hone was welcomed into the world at the community maternity unit on Tuesday, December 8.
The tot is pictured with mum Sharon, 31, dad Marcus, 37, and six-year-old brother Adam.
Sharon told the Lennox Herald: “I found out the day after I delivered Rosie that she was the 100th baby, which was nice.
“My boy Adam had been born in the Queen Mother’s because I was living in Clydebank at the time but now we’re in Bonhill, I wanted to give birth at my local hospital.
“I had some problems when I first went into labour and was transferred to Paisley in the morning, but everything turned out okay and I managed to get back over here.
“I was pleased as I really wanted to deliver in the Vale Hospital.
“The facilities are much better. There are huge rooms and, once you are admitted, you stay in that room, rather than a ward at Paisley.
“Plus my husband and family were allowed to visit at any time.
“The midwives were great as well and I want this hospital to remain open for other mothers to experience.”
Birth numbers have been growing year on year at the midwifery-led Vale baby unit.
There were 103 births last year and, since Rosie became the 100th baby of 2009 last week, a further six have arrived at the Vale.
Sharon admits that giving birth the second time around was a “bit longer and sorer” than the last.
However, the family are all over the moon with the new addition to the family.
“Adam’s a wee bit jealous, now someone else is getting attention,” laughed Sharon.
“I think he might have preferred a wee brother, but he’s still happy.”