Bundles of New Year joy for parents

The first baby born in 2015 at a West Herts hospital was little Florence
The first baby born in 2015 at a West Herts hospital was little Florence
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West Herts NHS Trust hospitals welcomed 12 babies into the world on New Year’s Day.

Midwives, doctors and other maternity staff at Hemel Hempstead, Watford and St Albans hospitals were kept busy as new babies ushered in a new year.

Twelve families celebrated the best New Year’s present they could wish for as seven boys and five girls were born.

New Year’s Day was certainly full of surprises for Vanessa Holloway who gave birth to 2015’s first baby born at Watford Hospital. Florence had been expected on Christmas Eve but put in her appearance on 1 January instead.

Proud mum Vanessa said: “It is special having a child on New Year’s Day but having a child is a special day whatever day of the year it is.

“I am just delighted everything is fine and everyone has taken great care of us. My midwife had a premonition she would deliver the first baby for 2015 and she was right. She provided us with a fantastic, first class service.”

Tracey Carter, chief nurse, said although it was a busy day, it was also very special.

She said: “We are absolutely delighted to have helped bring 12 very special people into the world on New Year’s Day.

“Having a baby is always a very special occasion for parents and their loved ones, and it’s always an honour to be involved in their care and delivery. But welcoming a new addition to the family on New Year’s Day is a very special way of kicking off the year.

“We would like to say a huge congratulations to all the families.”

For more information about West Herts Trust’s hospitals, visit www.westhertshospitals.nhs.uk

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