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Oh baby! Surprise arrival Holly settling in as more families move to St Mary's

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Oh baby! Surprise arrival Holly settling in as more families move to St Mary's


Published by Group Communications for Symphony Housing Group in Housing and also in Communities

Family, residents of St Mary's, Oldham Family, residents of St Mary's, Oldham

More families have moved into their new homes after building work on a £15m estate was completed… and a very special resident has settled in after making a surprise entrance.

The latest tenants to call the St Mary’s development in Oldham home received their keys from landlord Contour Homes yesterday (Weds, 20 Feb).

It means most of the 93 properties are occupied and construction – which began in December 2010 – is now complete.

Life has also been returning to normal for resident Stacey Hall and her family – after she went into labour at home and unexpectedly gave birth in the bedroom.

The 21-year-old had planned a hospital birth, but was taken by surprise when Holly had different ideas and decided to make a dramatic entrance.

Stacey, who moved to St Mary’s in October, said: “I woke up at 6am with labour pains, but because this was my second pregnancy I sort of knew what to expect.

“But when the contractions started getting stronger and closer together quite quickly, I just knew I wouldn’t make it to the hospital.

“It was a real surprise and I was just pleased that we were all OK.”

Luckily partner Jason Dorman, aged 27, was at home at the time. He made an urgent call to the duty midwife, who arrived within 10 minutes, followed by Stacey’s mum and birthing partner, Yvonne Boulter.

Jason said: “Stacey was in the bath and said she could feel the baby coming. I was pouring water over her tummy to ease the pain and then went to ring the midwife.

“I was so shocked – I expected it to happen in the hospital, not at home. I was really worried I would have to deliver the baby myself and felt so relieved when I saw the midwife arrive.”

Thankfully, the drama ended when 6lb 5oz Holly was born after a labour lasting 90 minutes.

And since her birth in December, the family, which also includes Alesha, aged one, and Olivia, aged four, have been settling into life at St Mary’s. 

Jason added: “Holly is absolutely gorgeous. She had some problems and spent about a month in hospital where she had an operation. But she’s doing well and it’s been great settling in.

“It’s brilliant to have her home and we love St Mary’s. It’s really quiet and is a good neighbourhood.”

Contour Homes, part of Symphony Housing Group, first began working with Oldham Council on plans for the 2.2-hectare St Mary’s site more than 10 years ago.

Once occupied by back-to-back terraces, they were demolished in the 1970s and replaced by deck-access flats. However, by the late 1990s these had been bulldozed and the land was in need of transformation.

Now that construction is complete, Contour Homes will be developing a wildflower meadow for residents to enjoy and is working on a number of community activities with householders.


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