Peterborough midwives helped two dozen famailies have an extra special festive period bringing new lives into the world.
The midwifery team was kept busy at Peterborough City Hospital on both Christmas and New Year’s Day, with a total of 25 new babies being born - 13 on December 25 and 12 on January 1.
While many were still recovering from late night - and early morning - parties and celebrations, in New Year’s Day there was double joy for one family, as a set of twins were born on the ward along with the other 10 bundles of joy, meaning the maternity team had a busier New Years’ Day than they 365 days earlier.
The first baby to be born at the hospital came just a moments after the stroke of midnight, arriving at 12.36am.
One of the next babies to be welcomed into the world in Peterborough in 2016 was James Holland, who weighed 6lb 8oz when he was born at the hospital.
Mum Annalise Muller gave birth to the baby boy at 6.45am.
Another early arrival in the new year was baby Michael McDermott, who made his entrance at 12.44pm weighing 9lb 1oz.
Michael’s birth made it an extra special start to 2016 for mum Lisa Lane and dad Paul McDermott.
And it was also a magical first day of 2016 for Liga Lime and Ingais Jansons.
Liga gave birth to new daughter Angelika Julieta Jansons at 11.30am.
Fran Gregory, Head of Midwifery for Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said it is always a special time of year for both new parents and staff working on the maternity unit.
She said: “Christmas and New Year is an exciting time to work within the maternity unit.
“Everyone is upbeat and there is a general air of expectation as the midwives, doctors and support staff share in the joy of a new baby at this special time of the year.”
Fran added that staff did their best to make sure it was extra special for new mums, despite the busy workload.
She said: “This year there were 13 babies born on Christmas day and 12 babies born on New Year’s Day so the staff were kept busy.
“The staff on duty made sure the experience is as good as possible for the families who came through our doors and staff made sure there were plenty of festive treats to share.”
On January 1 2015 there were a total of 10 new babies born at Peterborough City Hospital.
In December it was revealed the most popular names for babies in Peterborough in 2015 were Olivia, Amelia and Isla for girls, and Mohammed, Oliver and Harry for boys.