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‘Best present ever’ as babies arrive on Christmas Day

The first newborn is believed to have arrived “10 seconds” after the stroke of midnight on Monday.

The “best present ever” came with the birth of babies across Scotland on Christmas Day.

It is believed the first newborn came “10 seconds” after the stroke of midnight on Monday.

Karen Ratcliffe brought her first child into the world just moments into Christmas Day at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow.

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Karen and Michael Ratcliffe with their new baby who was born just moments into Christmas Day at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow (Family handout/PA)

The 36-year-old said: “He was due in January, so we weren’t expecting him, but having him on Christmas is quite exciting.

“His head was out at 11.59pm and his body came out just seconds after midnight.

“He’s been great, a very calm baby – we’re very lucky.”

Mrs Ratcliffe and her husband Michael, 33, were looking forward to taking the little boy, not yet named, home to Glasgow on Tuesday.

She added that he would probably have a special day for his birthday on Christmas Eve and they would all celebrate Christmas Day as a family.

Pitmedden parents Nataleigh and Stephen McGonagle welcomed their second child at 5.39am, weighing six pounds four-and-a-half-ounces.

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Nataleigh McGonagle with her new baby who was born at 5.39 am on Christmas Day (NHS Grampian/PA)

But the boy, who does not yet have a name, will have to wait before he can meet his big sister Orla, two, because she has chicken pox.

Victoria Watson, 35, gave birth to Noah at home in Airdrie at 2.12am.

The baby, weighing eight pounds, came two days later than due, but was now the “best Christmas present ever” for his older brother Ben.

Ms Watson said: “He’s over the moon, it’s the best Christmas present ever for him.”

Firefighter Stuart, 39, delivered his son with the help of a midwife, who was on the phone.

Her husband’s emergency service background was very useful, helping to keep everyone composed throughout the process.

Ms Watson added: “It was quite a nice experience – no stress at all.”

Because Noah was born on Christmas Day, she said it would mean his birthday would always be extraordinary.

She said: “He will always be spending it with family, we’re quite family-orientated, so it will always be special.”

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