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New parents welcome Christmas babies at Northern Ireland hospitals

Mums and dads’ joy as they greet new arrival

By David Young

New mums from all over Northern Ireland were cradling their little festive bundles of joy yesterday.

More than 20 babies were delivered to women in maternity wards across the province, with a little boy delivered in Craigavon Hospital just after midnight — becoming the first baby of Christmas Day at 0.51am.

In Belfast, the Royal Victoria Hospital, got off to a slightly later start than usual, with a set of twin boys making their appearance at 9.54am and 9.56am.

The little girl — who was delivered earlier than expected — weighed just 6lb 5oz.

At the Ulster Hospital, Claire Davidson and partner James McHenry from Belfast welcomed their baby Olivia into the world.

The 8lb 2oz girl was a few days early, but happy first time mum Claire said: “She’s lovely — and she’s doing really well.”

At Antrim Area Hospital, Tracey Miller (31) from Castledawson had a quick turnaround.

She went into the hospital at 3am on Christmas morning , and by 6pm she was heading home with new baby Ruby in her arms.

The little girl — born weighing 7lb 8oz at 8.10am on Christmas morning is Tracey’s second child — and her first daughter.

At the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald, Naomi Campbell’s baby daughter was born at 2.03am.

Dundonald woman Naomi and husband Gavin have not yet decided on a name for the little girl, who is their third child. Sounding very tired but also extremely happy, Naomi said that she had slightly mixed emotions about spending Christmas time in the hospital.

“It’s wonderful to have my lovely new daughter — but at the same time I’d like to be at home with my other two children Justin and Kayleigh for Christmas,” she said.

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