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Queen’s Hospital celebrates birth of 18 babies on Christmas Day

Mum Hardeep was able to bring her baby home to Ilford five days after giving birth (credit: BHRUT)

It’s been revealed 18 babies were born at Queen’s Hospital on Christmas Day. 

All of the mothers were given presents for them and their child, including a hat knitted by the nan of labour ward manager, Alexandra Taylor. 

Tyler Rodwell was the first boy to be born on the day, arriving at 3.13am. 

He is the first child for parents Rebecca Bacon, 21, and David Rodwell, 29, who live in Dagenham. 

“As he was due on Boxing Day, everyone kept saying he’d be a Christmas Day baby, but I was sure he wouldn’t be!” said Rebecca.  “I started to have pains on the Monday and went into hospital on Christmas Eve, I was pushing for less than an hour and he was here.

Baby Tyler was born early on Christmas Day (credit: BHRUT)

“You can’t put the feeling into words, he was so perfect and to arrive on Christmas Day was really special. The staff were unbelievable, there was lots of Christmas spirit and everyone was so lovely. I couldn’t have asked for better.”

First-time parents Lily Tempest and Arron Martin, both 21, were filled with joy when their daughter Luna Martin arrived exactly on her due date. 

Lily, of Collier Row, said: “Originally she was due on 30 December, but her due date changed to Christmas Day. What are the chances? It was so exciting. I went in at 7pm on Christmas Eve and she arrived at 7am, it was a pretty long labour.

Baby Lily was five days early (credit: BHRUT)

“I found it really calming in hospital and it was really nice chatting to all the other mums afterwards. I’m quite chatty anyway!”

Meanwhile, baby Gursimran Birdi surprised her parents and big brother Harman, five, as she was due in mid-January. 

“It was unexpected but very good and Harman is excited about being a big brother,” said her father, Gurmit, of Ilford. “We now have one of each which is very special, I feel our family is complete.”

Dad Gurmit with baby Gursimran (credit: BHRUT)

Mum Hardeep, 39, was able to bring her baby home on Wednesday, 30 December. 

Baby Kaysen Sotiriou interrupted his family’s Christmas lunch by being a day early. 

“We’d prepared lunch but we didn’t get to eat it,” explained his mum Siji, 32, from Hornchurch. “It was pretty crazy, especially as my daughter, Ariya, four, had previously tested positive for Covid.

“The labour team were great and it was definitely special that he arrived on Christmas Day. Now we just have to figure out how to ensure his birthday is special for him as well as being Christmas.”

Labour Ward Manager, Alexandra, worked the last eight Christmas Days. 

She said: “Working Christmas Day has always been a privilege of mine. 

“Although I don’t get to spend it with my own family, I get to support new mums in their birth of their bundle of joy, creating their own families. It really is such a special moment and on such a special day.”

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