Local hospitals welcome new arrivals on Christmas Day
Christmas Day brought a not so silent night for Peterborough City and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Maternity Units as they welcomed the birth of 18 babies.
At Peterborough City Hospital a total of twelve babies, including 2 sets of twins, were born and at Hinchingbrooke the team saw six babies born.
The festivities started early at Peterborough with the first baby, baby Kakameen (still to be named), a boy, born at 24 minutes past midnight followed by twins Dorothy and Charles, born at 4.44am and 6.13am.
The maternity team at Hinchingbrooke welcomed their first baby, Rocky, a boy, at 2.02am.
Rowena Chilton, Deputy Head of Midwifery for North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Our staff on the maternity unit are always excited to welcome babies born on Christmas Day. We always decorate the cots to welcome the new arrivals and just help spread some of the festive cheer on the ward.”
Proud new mum of Dorothy and Charles, Alicia Wright was about to tuck into a take-away on Christmas Eve when she went into labour
She and partner Jason Cooper ordered the teatime treat but as they settled down to eat, heavily pregnant Alicia realised her labour had started.
The couple, who live in Taunton Road, Bourne, made a beeline for Peterborough City Hospital, but not before Alicia, knowing she faced a long night, grabbed a slice of pizza on her way out of the door.
Arriving after 9pm and with visiting hours over, Jason, a plasterer, was sent home to finish the pizza while he waited for further news. He was called back to the hospital at about 1am and the couple’s daughter, Dorothy Ann Cooper, was born at 4.44am on Christmas Day, weighing 5lb 12oz.
Alicia, 28, was put on a hormone drip following Dorothy’s birth but her twin was not able to be delivered naturally, and Charles Henry Cooper was born by caesarean section at 6.13am, weighing 5lb 6oz.
During the births, Alicia lost a lot of blood and following a transfusion spent the day on a high dependency ward with the twins. She is now recovering well.
Alicia described her newborns as a “Christmas miracle” adding,“both babies are happy, healthy, feeding well and very content”.
Joking about the pizza, she said she was “fuming” to have missed out on her favourite meal.
“Pizza is definitely the first thing I’m having when I get out of hospital,” she laughed.
Alicia was able to enjoy a Christmas dinner in hospital and Jason, 32, visited with a special gift- tickets to see Michael Buble, who she has wanted to see for more than a decade.
Alicia and the twins hope to be home soon, where they will belatedly celebrate Christmas as a family with Alicia’s son Arthur, three.
While he has met his new siblings during visits to the hospital with Jason, Dorothy and Charles’ introduction to the rest of the family will be when they are allowed home.
“We told Arthur that although I would need to be in hospital to have his brother and sister, Santa would help Mummy deliver them. Maybe that jinxed it,” joked Alicia, who works in business support for Lincolnshire County Council.
“Arthur has been unbelievably excited to become a big brother and has loved to tell anyone he has met that he was “having two babies”.
“Not only have Dorothy and Charles been a blessing but a total Christmas miracle too.
“Jason couldn’t be prouder of the family he’s created. He is such a natural born father.”