New Year welcomes the North East's early arrivals

THESE little bundles of joy were eager to join in the New Year celebrations with their arrival into the world yesterday.

Jack William McLoughlin with his mum Kate
Jack William McLoughlin with his mum Kate

THESE little bundles of joy were eager to join in the New Year celebrations with their arrival into the world yesterday.

Jack William McLoughlin is believed to have been the first baby born in the region on New Year’s Day, arriving at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary at 12.22am.

Jack is the first baby for married couple, Kate, 34, and Adrian, 35, from Gosforth, Newcastle, who are hoping to be able to take him home today. Kate, an office worker at Newcastle Civic Centre, said: “He was due on December 17, so he arrived two weeks late.

“We were all on tenterhooks over Christmas. The nursery is all ready for him and we’re looking forward to taking him home.”

She added: “Having him on New Year’s Day makes his birthday extra special.”

Cora Elliot Mason was the first girl to be born at Newcastle’s RVI. She arrived at 2.15am, weighing 6lb 14oz.

Cora is the first baby for Gill and Paul Mason from Longbenton, North Tyneside.

Gill, 34, an admin assistant for the NHS, said: “Our GP first told us the baby was due on New Year’s Day, but when I went for the 12-week scan, they brought the due date forward to Christmas Day.

“I’m quite pleased she wasn’t born on Christmas Day, because I always feel sorry for people who have to share their birthdays with everyone else celebrating Christmas.

“New Year’s Day is still a special day to be born.”

She added: “We didn’t know what we were going to have – we wanted it to be a complete surprise. We made a list of names but couldn’t decide on one.

“We thought it was best to wait to see what the baby looked like, to see which name suited them the best.”

Gill had a troublesome labour, with Cora facing the wrong way. As mother and baby were “back to back”, Cora was eventually delivered by Caesarean section after 11 hours.

Gill said: “The labour was quite traumatic, but we’re just pleased she’s here. She is a very good baby – so far.”

Newcastle’s RVI had four births – three boys and one girl.

Elsewhere, a boy weighing 7lb 8oz was born at Wansbeck Hospital at 4.35am to proud mum, Rachel Crawford. The baby is yet to be named.

Other hospitals in the region reported a very quiet day, with no births at Alnwick, Hexham or North Tyneside.

However, the labour ward at North Tyneside Hospital had four births on New Year’s Eve.

 
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