Festive baby joy for couples

Ava Elizabeth Heslop, who was born on Christmas Day.
Ava Elizabeth Heslop, who was born on Christmas Day.

Parents of babies born on Christmas Day at The Northumbria hospital near Cramlington have spoken of their delight.

The daughter of Peter and Sarah Heslop, Ava Elizabeth Heslop, arrived at 12.21am and Leo Frankie Finnigan, the third child for Bedlington residents Andrew and Vikki Finnigan, was born at 5.42am.

Leo Frankie Finnigan, who was born on Christmas Day.

Leo Frankie Finnigan, who was born on Christmas Day.

Leo’s due date was December 14. He has a brother, 12-year-old Kaden, and a sister, 10-year-old Lexi.

Vikki said: “Although I wasn’t at home on Christmas Day morning, it has been a Christmas that we’ll never forget for such a happy reason.

“Everyone is delighted that Leo has arrived as a healthy baby and Kaden and Lexi are besotted with their baby brother.

“We went to Lapland last year and one of the local guides said that if you see the Northern Lights, you will have a baby boy.

“I was the only one in our group that saw the Northern Lights, so it’s a bit surreal that I’ve given birth to a boy on Christmas Day a year later.”

The due date for Peter and Sarah’s first child was December 27.

It was an induced labour. They travelled from their Seaton Delaval home to the hospital at 9pm on Christmas Eve and doctors decided that a C-section was the best option.

Sarah said: “A couple of days before the birth, I thought she wasn’t going to arrive until after the due date, but I think she was making it clear on Christmas Eve that she wanted to be out.

“It was a little bit scary, but she came out happy and healthy and all of her checks have gone well.

“Everyone is thrilled that she has now arrived. For me and Peter, her being born on Christmas Day means we might have to celebrate her birthday just before or after this day.”

Both Sarah and Vikki said it was a nice touch that staff at the hospital gave them a present for their child – all parents of Christmas Day babies at the hospital receive a gift.