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Emmett first to arrive in Echuca

Emmett McEwan has the title of being first born in the new Echuca hospital after his quick arrival on Monday.

IVY WISE July 23, 2014 3:11am

Annalise Tumbas with baby Emmett, the first baby born in the new Echuca hospital, is congratulated by (from back left) maternity ward unit manager Amanda Murphy and nurses Lesley Murphy, Trish Ebert, Katrina Monigatti, Mandy Maxwell, Barb Bachelor and Kendal Coogan.

Echuca’s Geoff McEwan always wanted to go down in history, but his newborn son has beaten him to it.

Emmett McEwan is the first baby to be born in the new Echuca hospital.

After a fast three-hour labour, Emmett was born at 12.09pm on Monday, beating baby number two — a girl — by 90 minutes.

Mum Annalise Tumbas and Mr McEwan were over the moon to have their baby in such a ‘‘fantastic new hospital’’.

‘‘It’s awesome,’’ Mr McEwan said.

‘‘It’s historic that Emmett was the first baby born here. I always wanted to go down in history, but it looks like my son will instead.’’

Miss Tumbas, who was induced on Sunday night, said she was quite shocked to learn that she had the first baby, considering the maternity ward started operating on Thursday.

‘‘I thought there would have been lots more babies born,’’ she said.

Emmett’s actual due date is Thursday, July 31, but Miss Tumbas had to be induced because of his size.

‘‘He was a big baby, 3.7kg when he was born, so I’m glad he didn’t come late,’’ she said.

Miss Tumbas said the facilities in the birthing room and the care she had received were outstanding.

‘‘The facilities are five-star and it’s so nice to have my own ensuite,’’ she said.

‘‘The midwives were unbelievable, especially considering they were trying to find their way around the new hospital too.

‘‘All the staff have been so supportive and were very excited about Emmett being the first baby.’’

And they are not the only ones excited about Emmett’s arrival — his four brothers are stoked.

Lleyton, 12, Jethro, 5, Geoffrey, 3, and Joey McEwan, 2, cannot wait for their baby brother to come home.

But mum is happy to stay where she is, at least for another day or two.

‘‘I don’t want to go home, I feel very comfortable here,’’ Miss Tumbas said.

Mr McEwan agreed the new hospital was a huge improvement to the old one.

‘‘It’s so open and welcoming,’’ he said.

‘‘There is a real inviting and relaxing atmosphere in the place.’’

Maternity ward nurse unit manager Amanda Murphy said the nurses were excited to be working in the new hospital and excited to welcome Emmett as the first baby.

‘‘We hope it’s the start of lots of babies born in Echuca,’’ she said.

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