Parents feel ‘very blessed’ with their New Year babies

2015-01-02 00:00

PIETERMARITZBURG’S first New Year ­baby was born at five seconds after midnight at the Midlands Medical Centre.

Samantha and Amileo Massey, from Raisethorpe, had been expecting baby ­Alejandré today, but she decided to make her grand entrance a day early.

The delighted new parents said Alejandré, who weighed 3,02 kg, was their first child and the first grandchild for both their ­families.

Midlands Medical Centre celebrated a second New Year’s Day baby when little Lwandle was born at 10.28 am, weighing 2,95 kg.

Proud mum Nonhlanhla Mkhize said it was very special to have a New Year baby, especially as Lwandle was her first child.

Mediclinic welcomed their first arrival at 9.47 am when Reshmika Rajah gave birth to a little boy weighing 2,35 kg.

The newborn, who doesn’t yet have a name, is the first baby for Reshmika and her husband, Ashen, who live in Ferncliffe.

Speaking about their baby, who was due on January 19, the Rajahs said: “It’s overwhelming to have a new baby anyway, let alone to have one on New Year’s Day.”

Over at St Anne’s Netcare Hospital, little Awonke Sishi waited a week to make his appearance. Bongiwe from Elandskop said she felt “very blessed” to have a New Year baby. Awonke, who weighed 3,690 kg, was born at 9.04 am.

There was a second baby born at the hospital, a little girl, who weighed just 750 g.

She is being cared for in the St Anne’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

The Life Westville Hospital welcomed their first New Year’s baby — a little boy — at 8.49 am — while at the Crompton Hospital in Pinetown, the staff celebrated the birth of another little boy at 8.40 am.

St Augustine’s Netcare Hospital’s first new arrival made his appearance at 8.10 am, weighing 3,08 kg. By 11.30 am, when The Witness called, another three children, two boys and a girl, had joined him.

The dawn of 2015 saw the arrival of some 34 babies at government hospitals throughout KwaZulu-Natal.

KwaZulu-Natal Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo said the province’s New Year’s Day babies included 20 girls and 14 boys, born between midnight and 10 am.

Nonjabulo Mntungwa’s bouncing baby boy, Yamukela, born at G.J. Crookes, arrived exactly at midnight, weighing 3,63 kg.

Dhlomo handed out gifts to the new mothers, which included clothing, blankets and nappies.

“Therefore, we are still making a call to all women of child-bearing age to ensure that once there are indications that they are ­pregnant, they must just come to our ­healthcare facilities. And if their pregnancy is confirmed, we will then assist them during the course of the nine months.

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