Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SAM'S HOLIDAY BABY SURPRISE; GIRL ARRIVES EARLY WHILE CAMERONS ARE IN CORNWALL; CAESAREAN BIRTH IN HOSPITAL AFTER SEVERAL 'SCARES'; 'Camerons Are Both Thrilled and Happy ... Everything Was Calm'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

SAM'S HOLIDAY BABY SURPRISE; GIRL ARRIVES EARLY WHILE CAMERONS ARE IN CORNWALL; CAESAREAN BIRTH IN HOSPITAL AFTER SEVERAL 'SCARES'; 'Camerons Are Both Thrilled and Happy ... Everything Was Calm'

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Byline: Joe Murphy and Nicholas Cecil

SAMANTHA CAMERON gave birth to a girl today while the family were on holiday in Cornwall.

The Prime Minister and his 39-year-old wife were driven by car to the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro at 8am after she woke with contractions.

At around midday the 6lb 1oz baby was delivered two weeks early by Caesarean section. Downing Street said the girl, whose name has yet to be announced, and her mother were "doing very well".

The Camerons had been staying in a rented house with friends. Their other children, Nancy, six, and Arthur Elwen, four, stayed at their friends' home. Their first child, Ivan, who was profoundly disabled, died aged six last year.

The couple had several "scares" in recent days when they thought the baby was about to arrive. "They are both thrilled and happy that everything is okay," said a friend. "There was no emergency, everything was calm and they were delighted with the care they received."

Mrs Cameron is expected to spend a night or two in hospital and they will then decide how soon to return to London. Mr Cameron, 43, is planning to take paternity leave of at least a week from his duties but he has not yet decided on the timing. Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg said: "Miriam and I are absolutely delighted by the news. All our best wishes are with David and Samantha at this very special time for them and their family."

Downing Street said: "The Prime Minister and Mrs Cameron are delighted to announce the birth of their fourth child, a baby girl.

"Both the baby and Mrs Cameron are doing very well. The PM and Mrs Cameron would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the hospital for their help and kindness."

After the death of Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and severe epilepsy, Mr Cameron revealed that he and Samantha wanted another child in addition to Nancy and Arthur Elwen and that he felt "broody".

This month he spoke of their impatience, saying: "We are getting quite close to baby time so we are beginning to get to that stage of 'it's a bit hot' and 'I'm a bit bothered' and 'can we get on with it? …

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