IT was an extra special Christmas for those local families who welcomed a new addition on December 25.
Staff at Solihull Hospital delivered a total of eight babies last Thursday. The wards were manic from the start and the first baby arrived only minutes after St Alphege Church had chimed midnight.
Kate Hillman, from Catherine-de-Barnes, gave birth to her daugher Molly at 12.03am. It is thought that the little girl was the first baby to be born on Christmas Day in the whole of the West Midlands.
Molly weighed in at a healthy 7lb 11oz, although her arrival was something of a surprise to her parents - she had been expected to arrive this week (on New Year’s Eve no less).
Mum and child returned home later the same day and are now enjoying the rest of the festive season with proud dad Mark and the couple’s elder children - Max, aged eight, and Edward - five.
Kingshurst couple John Jacobs and Sarah Doris also spent the day on the ward. The pair were delighted when their son, Franky Jack, arrived in the afternoon.
Children from further afield were also delivered on the Lode Lane maternity ward. Nkechi Mbanaso, who lives in Sparkhill, gave birth to baby Blessing in the early hours of the morning.
Sue Jackson, manager of the hospital’s maternity unit, said that the number of Christmas babies was about the same as previous years.
“It’s a very busy time of year for us and we only had five of us working on the unit during Christmas Day. We have to draw up a rosta to decide who will be working that day, although we try to be fair about it. It’s just important that we’re ready to do the job.”