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Festive deliveries!

MATERNITY staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary had a busy Christmas Day.

MATERNITY staff at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary had a busy Christmas Day.

A total of nine babies arrived - including seven in the night between 2am and 7am.

Rachel Culpan and Rick Gordon (with Xmas baby Rosie Hana Gordon) 158

Rachel Culpan was the first mother to give birth at 2.01am.

The former nanny and her partner Rick Gordon, a postman who also works as a fireman at Mirfield's retained fire station, were amazed to have a Christmas baby.

For bouncing Rosie Hana, who weighed 8lb 13oz, was actually due 10 days earlier.

Rachel, 23, said: "We were expecting her on December 15.

"She was pretty big and it had taken so long so they induced me. I had her just after 2am and we were back at home for 2.30pm.

"Rick's parents brought us some turkey round in the evening so we didn't even miss our Christmas dinner."

The couple live in Littlemoor Road, Mirfield. Rosie Hana is their first baby.

Rachel said: "We were so excited to have our baby on Christmas Day. She was the best present ever."

Ailsa Brogan (with Xmas baby Brandon) 158

The second baby to be born on the special day in the infirmary was little Brandon, whose mum is Ailsa Brogan, of Newsome.

Brandon arrived at 2.55am and weighed 6lb 1oz.

Night staff had a hectic time in the early hours as baby after baby arrived.

The day shift, who came on duty on Christmas Day morning, had a comparatively quiet day's work, handling just two deliveries.

The others giving birth on Christmas Day were:

* Fiona Williams, of Leeds Road, Huddersfield, who had her 6lb 5oz baby girl at 5.01am.

* Helen Turner whose 7lb 8oz son arrived at 6.10am.

* Ellen MacDonald who gave birth to a boy weighing just over 5lb at 6.32am.

* Julia Walker who had a 7lb son at 6.18am.

* Dawn Ineson, of Moldgreen, who had a daughter weighing 8lb 15oz at 9.25am.

* Fouzia Nisar, of Birkby, who gave birth to a boy weighing 7lb 8oz at 10.34pm.

* One mother of the nine did not want to be named in the Examiner.


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