Extra special presents as proud parents welcome bundles of joy over festive period

New Peterborough parents were given an extra reason to celebrate over the festive period with new arrivals being born on Christmas Day and New Year's Day - with even a Joseph turning up on December 25.

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018, 5:27 pm
Christmas babies at the maternity unit   Peterborough City Hospital.
Ashley and Samantha Forde with their baby Joseph born 7.45pm Christmas day. EMN-171226-165227009
Christmas babies at the maternity unit Peterborough City Hospital. Ashley and Samantha Forde with their baby Joseph born 7.45pm Christmas day. EMN-171226-165227009

Nine babies were born at Peterborough City Hospital on Christmas Day, including Majid Ali, who was the 1,000th baby born at the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit (MLBU) in 2017.

Majod made an appearance at 12.29pm on December 25, giving his family plenty to celebrate.

The MLBU facilitates women to have their babies in a relaxing non-clinical environment. The unit consists of four individual birthing rooms with the additional facility of a birthing pool. There is also a range of equipment available to promote active natural birth in a home-from-home environment.

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Christmas babies at the maternity unit Peterborough City Hospital. Ernesta and Modestas Triukas with their baby Dovydas born 1pm on Christmas Day. EMN-171226-165249009

Fran Stephens, divisional head of midwifery and nursing, said: “This is such an exciting time for the Midwifery Led Birthing Unit. Since the unit began triaging separately from the delivery suite the number of births within the MLBU has significantly increased, with 956 babies born on the unit in 2016, an increase from 894 births in 2015. This equates to 20 per cent of our total births and is a wonderful achievement. By encouraging women to birth in a low risk, home from home environment, we are promoting active birth which in turn helps to prevent unnecessary intervention.”

“Nine babies in total were born at Peterborough City Hospital on Christmas Day with staff truly entering the spirit of Christmas. If you are pregnant and would like more information on the MLBU, please speak with your midwife.”

Other new parents celebrating on December 25 included Ashley and Samantha Forde - who chose a festive name for their baby son, Joseph; Ernesta and Modestas Triukas, who named their new child Dovydas and Claire Lockwood and Philip Berridge, who took time to decide on a name for baby Berridge.

One of the first babies born in 2018 was Harper Ripley Rate, who arrived at 1.40am to proud parents Katie and Nick Rate. Just a few short hours later Helen and Alex Hankinson-Parr welcomed Aaron Hayden Hankinson-Parr to the world, at 4.20am.

Christmas babies at the maternity unit Peterborough City Hospital. Claire Lockwood and Philip Berridge with baby Berridge (no name yet) born at 12.57pm on 23rd December. EMN-171226-165301009

Fran Stephens, Divisional Head of Midwifery and Nursing said: “We always look

forward to seeing who our New Year babies are; it’s an exciting time for all midwives

and families on the ward.”

The 1000th baby born at City Hospital Peterborough baby Majid, born 12.29pm December 25th pictured with family members Nabhaan Ali (9) , Nihaal Ali (16) and Ummayyah Ali (6) EMN-171227-165047009
New Year's Day 2017 babies at Maternity Unit, City Hospital, Peterborough. Aaron Hayden Hankinson-Parr born at 4.20am with parents Helen and Alex Hankinson-Parr EMN-180101-182159009
New Year's Day 2017 babies at Maternity Unit, City Hospital, Peterborough. Harper Ripley Rate, born at 1.40am with parents Katie and Nick Rate. EMN-180101-182222009
Christmas babies at the maternity unit Peterborough City Hospital. Ernesta and Modestas Triukas with their baby Dovydas born 1pm on Christmas Day. EMN-171226-165249009
Christmas babies at the maternity unit Peterborough City Hospital. Claire Lockwood and Philip Berridge with baby Berridge (no name yet) born at 12.57pm on 23rd December. EMN-171226-165301009
The 1000th baby born at City Hospital Peterborough baby Majid, born 12.29pm December 25th pictured with family members Nabhaan Ali (9) , Nihaal Ali (16) and Ummayyah Ali (6) EMN-171227-165047009
New Year's Day 2017 babies at Maternity Unit, City Hospital, Peterborough. Aaron Hayden Hankinson-Parr born at 4.20am with parents Helen and Alex Hankinson-Parr EMN-180101-182159009
New Year's Day 2017 babies at Maternity Unit, City Hospital, Peterborough. Harper Ripley Rate, born at 1.40am with parents Katie and Nick Rate. EMN-180101-182222009