YEOVIL District Hospital has been celebrating after Mali Mia Lloyd became its first "water baby."

Mali was born this morning (Thursday) weighing in at 7 lb 5 oz. Her mum, 32-year-old Katie Barrett, enjoyed a drug-free birth after spending just over three hours in the pool.

Katie, who works in the human resources department at Screwfix in Yeovil, said: “The midwife told me about the pool at parentcraft classes and I was delighted to be able to use it.

"When I got in the pool it was so relaxing. It was so completely natural and I was very happy with the way it went.

"Mali was just so relaxed, it was a really stress free birth and the midwife just scooped her out and handed her to me - she even fed while we were still in the pool.”

Katie and her partner, Gareth Lloyd, live in Crofton Park, Yeovil.

The birthing pool is the latest enhancement to Yeovil Women’s Health and Maternity Unit which is being refurbished due to the generosity of the local community supporting the Flying Colours Appeal.

The Well Being of Yeovil Community Association contributed £2,000 towards the cost of the pool.