Anfi Welcomes its Newest Member - baby Lily Rose
03/08/2011 - Claire and Craig Rowe-Brown first visited Anfi with their parents before becoming members in their own right. They recently arrived at Anfi for a relaxing holiday with their two children Amy and Owen.
Expectant mum, Claire, was due to give birth in seven weeks and was assured by her doctor that she could safely enjoy a holiday at Anfi before the imminent arrival of the newest member of their little family.
Settling into Puerto Anfi, things were going well. The children were having a great time and the young couple were getting into a relaxing holiday mode.
Then on Saturday evening after dinner, Claire began to feel a little out of sorts. She first imagined that it was the heat that was causing her discomfort, but when she began to have stomach pains later, she then thought she had eaten something that hadn’t agreed with her.
After a couple of restless hours in bed, the pain had not subsided. At 3am, Claire announced to a shocked Craig “I think this baby’s coming”.
Calling the emergency doctor they were assured they’d have help within half an hour.
A nervous Craig paced outside the apartment desperately waiting for the doctor’s arrival. Worried about the delay, he called again. But before he had a chance to speak, he heard a scream from the bathroom.
Less than fifteen minutes later baby Lily Rose was born and despite the young father’s shock, he calmly helped deliver his second daughter. Claire says he was “brilliant”.
From then on, as staff became aware of events, the Anfi machine went into action.
The ambulance was called, the consulate contacted, all the paperwork from the police was laboriously translated and filled out - and eventually after a couple of stressful days, Lily Rose was home at Anfi fit and healthy, having received her dual nationality, passport and two birth certificates.
The young couple have been bowled over with all the help and support they have received.
Claire told us how amazing the staff was at the British Consulate, “They could not have been more helpful and efficient – doing all they could to hurry things along.” The reception staff was at hand to make phone calls, send faxes and provide baby clothes and gifts. Customer’s Services translated and dealt with the mounds of official paperwork, while a constant queue of chambers maids and cleaners visited to dr op in gifts and to coo over the baby. Claire said, “We felt so calm because we were at Anfi – if we had been anywhere else we’d have been completely traumatised” Craig added, “We are really grateful for all the help that we have received from everyone. We’ve felt so looked after – it’s been like having all our family with us.
As we sat talking there was a knock at the door. Two more chamber maids who had come to coo over the new baby. As Lily Rose was passed between them amidst much cooing and “Que guapa”, (How beautiful) - the ladies told me that they’ve been working at Anfi for over 15 years and it’s the first baby to have been born here.
One of our slogans here at Anfi is, “Anfi - providing perfect holidays for generations” - we are over the moon, then, to welcome Lily Rose – a third generation Anfi family member and we look forward to seeing her returning to Anfi over the coming years.