In some good news for the UK, Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife, Samantha, has just given birth to the couple’s new daughter after going into labour prematurely while on holiday in Cornwall. Funnily, David Cameron had just been joking about the baby being born early a couple of days ago, when he and his wife were photographed after they’d just arrived in Cornwall. According to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, both mother and baby are doing fine.
This new baby is only the second baby born to a British prime minister, while still in 10 Downing Street, in the last 160 years (Tony Blair’s baby was the other one). No wonder David Cameron was beaming from ear to ear.
The birth of the as-yet unnamed new Cameron baby is wonderful news for David and Samantha, particularly as they lost their six year old son, Ivan, just last year. The little boy was born with a severe form of cerebral palsy and died as a result of complications of the condition. The Camerons currently have two other children, a young daughter, Nancy, and a son, Arthur. The new baby has joined the Cameron family as baby number four (including the deceased Ivan) and daughter number two.
The premature delivery of the Cameron’s new daughter wasn’t exactly unexpected. David Cameron has said several times Samantha has a history of going into labour early, so the three week premature new baby is actually somewhat normal for the Camerons. Plus, other than Ivan who had cerebral palsy, the other two children were born healthy and well, so no cause for concern here.
When Samantha leaves the hospital in a couple of days and they’re able to go home, David Cameron will be taking paternity leave from his job as prime minister, now that his new daughter has been born. A decision some people have criticized in the UK, but one which Cameron will not bend from.
Cameron has always believed a father has the obligation, and the right, to take paternity leave from their job, as the birth of a new child is a momentous occasion. He also thinks a new father should help the mother of his child through the first few days of a new birth, even if he’s prime minister of the United Kingdom.
When interviewed by the BBC this morning, he even talked about his obligations while his wife was giving birth, “My job was to make the toast and the tea and things like that. It’s absolutely thrilling, really exciting.” (see link to video below)
Meanwhile, the buzz around the UK now is what name the Cameron’s will be choosing for their new daughter. During his BBC interview, David Cameron said, because the baby was born in Cornwall they were definitely thinking about including a Cornish name, to thank Cornwall and the Royal Cornwall Hospital for all their help and good wishes. Something some of the Cornish folks spoken to were thrilled about.
The British too are quite thrilled by the birth of this new child as, up until the last 20 years or so, we’ve always had a bunch of old foggies in 10 Downing Street, who were well past their giving birth years. With youngish families now the ‘norm’ at 10 Downing Street, it gives the country a feeling its actually moving forward into the future rather than stuck in an increasingly staid and stagnant past.
British PM’s wife gives birth to baby girl – Yahoo News
Cameron ‘proud dad’ after wife Samantha has baby girl – BBC (article plus video)