Does this story sound familiar? An older father and a birth at
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital?
Well, a week after the arrival of the decade’s most celebrated baby,
crisis management consultant Michael Bland got first-hand experience of
what its like to be Tony Blair when his fiancee Julia gave birth to
their daughter Freya at Chelsea and Westminster.
’We waited until the Blairs had produced Leo in the same hospital the
week before to check that everything was okay, and have a practice run
for the real celebrity,’ he quips.
No doubt his crisis management skills have been put into practice since
the birth, with a crashed computer and a busted boiler arriving soon
But even Michael, 56, admits: ’I did have a small moment of panic when
they put her on the scales and they said 3.37kg. It seems that under
European regulations even babies have to be weighed in metric these
For those readers who are still patriotic about the measuring system
they use, that means a fairly hefty seven pounds in imperial terms.