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Southwark baby born on New Year’s Day moments after midnight ‘London’s first birth of 2019’

An East Dulwich couple welcomed their baby daughter into the world just minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day – meaning she could be one of the first children born in Britain in 2019.

Proud parents Veronica and Benn Andrews welcomed their daughter into the world at 12.03am at St Thomas’ hospital, just yards away from where the iconic London Eye fireworks were taking place.

Their daughter, who weighs 6 lb, was the first of 15 babies born at St Thomas’ Hospital on New Year’s Day with 10 boys and five girls born between 12.03am and 10.28pm.

She is likely to have been London’s first new arrival of the year said midwives at the hospital.

Doting mum Veronica said: “It was a very exciting New Year’s Eve for us and a great start to the year.

“We didn’t know if she would be the last baby of 2018 or the first of 2019 but she arrived when the fireworks were still going off at the London Eye.

“We were surprised that she arrived on her due date because you’re always told that the first baby could be late.

“It’s been a whirlwind and if she was the first baby to be born in London in 2019, that’s pretty special.”

Doting parents Veronica and Benn Andrews with their new born daughter who they have yet to name

The couple have still to pick a name for their little one.

However there was no rest for midwives at the hospital who also delivered 24 babies on New Year’s Eve.

Maxine Spencer, director of midwifery, said: “More than 6,600 babies are born at St Thomas’ Hospital each year but Baby Andrews was our very first arrival of 2019, and was probably the first in London.

“Happy New Year to all the new parents and to all of our dedicated maternity staff.”


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