Baby born in Grimsby Premier Inn car park

The decision to stay at the Premier Inn was "critical" to Charlie's safe arrival.

Baby born in Grimsby Premier Inn car park

A baby boy was born in a Grimsby hotel car park after his parents were sent home from the hospital.

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On 7 February, Charlie Smith was born in an ambulance outside the Premier Inn, Grimsby, after his parents checked-in rather than risk driving home through heavy snow.

Harriet Hanson and Adam Smith had been facing a 45-minute drive to Skegness but chose to stay near to the hospital in a hotel instead of driving the full distance again.

They said they believe the decision to stay at the Premier Inn was “critical” to Charlie’s safe arrival.

Ms Hanson, 25, had traveled in to Princess Diana of Wales hospital after she began experiencing contractions, but was told to go home until the contractions were more frequent.

On the same night as checking into the hotel Ms Hanson’s waters broke and staff helped the couple by calling an ambulance on 999.

When paramedics arrived she was taken to a waiting ambulance, where baby Charlie was delivered at 00:29 GMT the next day.

He weighed a healthy total of 8lb 3.5oz when born.

Ms Hanson and Mr Smith, 28, said: “We are so grateful for the care and kindness shown by the team at Premier Inn during our time of need.

“To say you were born in the car park of a hotel is certainly a story you will never forget – we have even affectionately nicknamed him Car Park Charlie.”

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