WEARSIDE’S busy maternity ward saw a batch of little arrivals to celebrate the New Year.
Amongst the mums giving birth at Sunderland Royal Hospital was midwife Amy Dodds, who found out for herself what it was like to be on the other end of a delivery.
The 26-year-old gave birth to her first child, a girl, who hasn’t been named yet, at 10.25am after going into a surprise labour shortly after midnight while playing board games at a family member’s house.
Amy, who lives in Esh Winning with her husband Scott, had already asked her friend and fellow midwife, Claire Hunter, to deliver the 5lb 12.5oz baby, who wasn’t due for another week.
She said: “I was just playing family fortunes and stood up and my waters broke in front of everyone.
“Claire had texted me before she went out for the night to see if there were any signs and I said no, but I had to text her to say I was going into labour and she abandoned her night out.”
Scott, 28, a plumber, said: “I suppose being able to pick a midwife is a perk of the job. I keep forgetting it is New Year’s Day.”
Amy, said: “Actually being on the other end of a delivery is nothing like I thought – I have a new-found sympathy for the mums.”
Among the other three babies to arrive before lunchtime was Felix McDonald, who weighed in at 6lb 3oz.
The tiny tot came into the world at 7.31am, 12 hours after his mum, Katie Vleugels, 31, went into labour.
Dad Angus McDonald, 50, who already has a 27-year-old son, Troy, said he was happy to be starting fatherhood all over again.
Katie, who is mum to Louis, five, said: “I don’t think our family believed us when we said we were having a baby, but then they were all so excited.”
Felix wasn’t due until January 6, but the Silkworth couple have been on standby for more than a month after Katie went into pre-term labour, which was halted using medication.
Angus said: “I was hoping the baby would be born on either Christmas Day or New Year’s Day, so I am really pleased.
“I’m hopeless at remembering birthdays, but this one will be easy.”