Early Christmas present as mum gives birth to baby boy in hotel room

There was plenty of room at a busy hotel for a Mum of three when she went into labour, writes Sarah Slater.

Sarah and David Cuneen were staying at family owned Dooleys Hotel in Waterford city when their latest bundle of joy arrived ahead of time on Thursday morning.

The Cuneens, from Limerick were staying at the hotel as Sarah was due to be admitted to University Hospital Waterford today to have the couple’s fourth child, but the baby boy got a little impatient.

It was the first time in the history of the 70-year-old history of the hotel that a baby was born there.

The commotion started a little before 9am when reception received a phone call from one of the rooms informing them that a guest was thought to be in labour.

Two hotel staff members rushed to the hotel room and stayed with Sarah, to make sure she and David, who works with Bus Eireann, were calm and looked after until an ambulance arrived at the hotel.

The couple’s other children who were taken by other hotel staff and brought down for breakfast.

Paramedics from two ambulances arrived within minutes and helped to deliver a healthy baby boy at 9am yesterday.

The baby boy, who weighed in at 9lbs 8oz, along with his proud Mum are now happily resting at University Hospital Waterford.

A hotel spokesperson said they were “delighted” for the family and “happy that Mum and baby were both doing well. We would like to wish our warm congratulations to Sarah and David on the birth of their baby boy.”

Waterford Ambulance crew took to Twitter and Facebook to congratulate the couple tweeting: “Great story for this time of year. Well done to all the staff who helped out prior to the arrival of the Ambulance Service, who were on scene in approximately nine mInutes."

Dooley’s hotel also took to social media by adding: “Thanks to the amazing Ambulance Crew that arrived to Dooley's Hotel today to help Sarah safely deliver her baby in the Hotel room.

"We would like to wish Mum and Dad Sarah and David, sister Emily and brothers Daniel and Ben our special congratulations on their new arrival. We cannot wait to meet this special little boy again. (still waiting on a name)."

The expanding young family and the happy couple are said to be thrilled with their early Christmas gift.

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