A TRIO of arrivals heralded the new year across the Five Towns, with the midnight fireworks sending one mum into labour.
Kate Ward, 30, had gone to bed early on New Year’s Eve but was awoken by the fireworks and realised she’d gone into labour.
She, her husband Michael, 41, and their three-year-old son Joseph dashed to Pontefract Hospital, where baby Matilda was born at 1.35am, weighing in at 7lb 5oz.
Kate, of Rosa Court, Pontefract, said: “All the way to the hospital my son was shouting at the fireworks, but I couldn’t really look at them!
“It was really quick, I had wanted to give birth in a pool, but when I arrived they said I was ready to give birth. Michael had to wait outside with Joseph, and he said it seemed like five minutes until the nurses said ‘come and meet your new daughter’.
“It was absolutely amazing and she is beautiful. I have to say the midwives were brilliant, it’s the best place to give birth.”
Kerrie Baker, 34, and Shaun Richardson, 42, were the next couple to become parents on New Year’s Day with the arrival of daughter Saoirse Anais Baker-Richardson at 3.03am, weighing 6lbs 15oz.
Kerrie, of Racca Avenue, Knottingley, said: “I’d had a slow labour for a couple of days with short contractions every ten minutes, but on New Year’s Eve my family came up from London and the contractions were getting closer.
“At about 1.30am on New Year’s Day I decided I had to go to hospital, and the whole labour there took just over an hour-and-a-half. As far as labour goes, it was a lovely experience.”
Kerrie and Shaun took their new addition home at 6.30am, where they were able to introduce her to her big sister Amelia, two, as well as Kerrie’s family.
She added: “All my family were there from London, so it was a wonderful day of opening presents and cuddles. We don’t get to see them very often, and my sister said I had to have the baby while they were here, and it was brilliant.”
The last New Year’s Day arrival was Leo Deeming, who was born at 4.17am at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield.
Parents Catherine Waddle, 35, and Stuart Deeming, 31, celebrated the start to the new year with their first child, weighing 7Ibs 10oz.
Miss Waddle, of Pontefract Road, Castleford, said: “Leo had to be under observation for a while but he is doing really well.
“It’s been a few days with no sleep but it’s lovely to have him. He’s doing fine now.”