A boy was the first Christmas baby delivered at the New Amsterdam Hospital, at 1:34 hr on Christmas Day. The baby weighing almost six pounds was delivered via a Caesarian section to first-time mother 19-year-old Natasha Gobin of Corriverton.
The happy mother told the News Room she was beyond blessed and happy to have given birth on Christmas Day. She noted it is delightful to be the mother to deliver the first baby at the New Amsterdam Hospital.
At 06:05 hr, the second baby was born. This time, a girl weighing just over six pounds. Her ecstatic mother, Ester Halley Rahim 27, of 41 Scheme, New Amsterdam said this is her second daughter and she has already chosen her name as Aurora Ester Gabriana Rahim.
With her daughter cuddled into her arms, Rahim said delivering on Christmas Day is special as it brings even more happiness during this festive season. Her expected due date was the first week in January.
She expressed gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the hospital who worked tirelessly to ensure she received the best care.
Weighing approximately 7.1 pounds, the third baby; a girl was born at 9:28 hr, taking the number to five Christmas babies.
Director of Regional Health Services, Region 6, Dr. Vishayla Sharma and a team including Santa visited the children in the emergency, pediatric units and mothers in the maternity ward where Hampers, gifts and other items were delivered. She explained the visit is an annual event organized by Regional Health Services and the New Amsterdam Hospital to bring festive cheer to the new mothers and children.
“We want make the hospital stay less traumatic because it is a special time of the year, it is a festive time and we are in challenging times and we are hoping that the gesture can serve in some way to make the hospital experience a little more friendly,” she said.