Trio of births makes history

Proud parents Kiley Morunga and Ed Leef with their three boys born at Bethlehem Birthing Centre: Gene, 2, Tyrese, 1, and newborn Slade.

When little Slade Morunga quickly made his way into the world last Monday after a one-hour labour, he had no idea he was making history.

Slade's mother Kiley Morunga is the first to give birth to three babies at Bethlehem Birthing Centre, which opened in November 2014.

Kiley now has three ‘birthing centre boys' – Gene was born there in December 2014, just three weeks after the birthing centre opened, and Tyrese in March 2016.

She also has a daughter, Alizaye, 11, who was born at Tauranga Hospital.

The Parkvale mother says midwife Lyn Allport encouraged her to birth at the birthing centre because she had heathy pregnancies and babies.

All her children were born without intervention or pain relief.

“I have quick labours – I have them within the hour. It doesn't really kick in until I arrive at the birthing centre, then I have a couple of pushes and they're out.”

Kiley says she enjoyed the space and quiet of the birthing centre, with its supportive staff and ‘yum' food – she devoured High Tea after Slade was born at 3pm.

With three boys under three, Kiley says she wants to ‘have a rest' before deciding whether to have a fifth child.

She and her partner Ed are hoping that the small age gap between their boys will mean they grow up the best of friends.

Bethlehem Birthing Centre co-founder and director Chloe Wright says she was delighted to learn of the birth of Slade, who was nearly two weeks overdue and weighed 3.1kg.

“All mums need a little help and my first thought was what we can do to help Kiley and her beautiful family,” she says.

“It's a special milestone to have the first mother to have three babies at the centre. Tauranga women have really embraced the birthing centre since we opened for births in November 2014.

“We're grateful to our staff, midwives and families for their support.”


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