Festive bundles of joy keep Leeds hospitals busy

Alysha Nichols with partner Neil Holiday and baby Harry James. PIC: Simon Hulme
Alysha Nichols with partner Neil Holiday and baby Harry James. PIC: Simon Hulme
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A FLURRY of festive bundles of joy kept staff at Leeds’s hospitals busy.

Leeds General Infirmary and St James’ Hospital welcomed 16 new arrivals between them on Christmas Day.

The annual race for the first Christmas baby – a contest fought between both delivery suites every year – saw LGI scoop the coveted honour at 1.35am.

Louise Holt, delivery suite co-ordinator at LGI, said: “It was really busy, but babies never stop coming. It’s always a competition between us and St James’ to see who gets the first one. We get a lot of mums dressing their newborns up in Christmas clothes, we’ve had reindeer ears and little outfits. The hospital really makes the effort to make it feel like Christmas. We give gifts out to the first girl and boy.”

Among the new mums spending Christmas on the hospital’s post-natal unit was Alysha Nichols, 26, from Pudsey, whose son Harry arrived at 2.32am, weighing 7lb 7oz, a brother for two-and-a-half year old Jack.

Miss Nichols said: “I didn’t mind him being born on Christmas Day, you just want them to be healthy.

“Jack was born on St George’s Day and I was born in a leap year so we’ve got a bit of a history in the family of notable birthdays. You do just want to get home for Christmas, but the midwives at LGI still make it a lovely atmosphere.”

She added: “I’ve got a little elf outfit for him to wear once he’s home.”

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