IT was a bumper Christmas delivery.
And for families across the whole of Huddersfield and Calderdale, it was certainly a day to remember.
A total of 16 babies were born on one of the busiest Christmas Days for staff at the local maternity units.
But there wasn’t a manger in sight as they gave birth at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary birthing centre, and Calderdale Royal Hospital’s birthing centre and maternity unit.
One of the first to arrive was Joshua Alan Clegg.
He made his Christmas Day arrival at 2.15am.
Mum Nicola Futcher, 33, gave birth at Calderdale Royal Hospital, Halifax, in the early hours after her waters broke in her car on the way.
She said: “I wasn’t due until the 27th and a few people had joked about it happening on Christmas Day.
“I knew I was in labour Christmas Eve and we phoned the hospital a few times and at 1pm they said to come in.
“It was quite close in the end. My waters broke in the car and I thought, ‘Oh no, I don’t want if give birth on Elland Bypass’, but we made it to hospital in the end.”
Nicola and her partner James, of Oakes, were delighted when their son was born at 2.15am, weighing 6lb.
And the happy couple were allowed to bring baby Joshua home later the same day to enjoy a family Christmas at the home of James’ parents in Lindley.
Nicola added: “It’s definitely a Christmas Day we won’t forget.”
The couple’s four-year-old daughter Sophie spent Christmas Day with her grandparents before getting the chance to meet her new baby brother for the first time.
There was only one arrival on Christmas Day in the Royal Infirmary’s birthing centre.
That was baby Cara, a daughter for Shanga Abdulqader and Dana Abdullah, of Birkby.
She arrived at 3.59am, weighing in at 8lb 3oz. The couple already have a son, Karos.
“It was the perfect Christmas present,” said Shanga, who took her baby home in time for Christmas Day tea.
Staff at Calderdale birth centre had five deliveries, while in the hospital’s maternity unit there were 10 Christmas Day arrivals.