Many bundles of joy on Independence Day
Lasynga Boyce and Rico Bishop are over the moon about their new baby boy.
Doctors and nurses on the Labour Ward of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) were kept busy all morning delivering Independence Day babies as the country celebrates its 52nd anniversary.
Up to news time, five bundles of joy had been delivered and one mother was still in labour.
Loop News made a visit to the QEH to speak with the mothers and families. The first Independence Day baby was a girl birthed by Maria Gibbons. She delivered at 12:41 am and the third-time mother said she was extremely proud that her daughter was the first Independence Day baby for 2018.
Although Lasynga Boyce described her labour process as “awful”, she too was excited about her new baby - the first boy born on Independence Day. Boyce and her partner, Rico Bishop were grinning ear to ear as they looked on at their son, who was born at 3:50 am, sleeping peacefully.
The couple said they have not decided on a name as yet.
Both mothers received a hamper of baby toiletries from Massy Distribution. Brand Manager, Kaffy-ann Harewood, said the company has been making donations to Independence and Christmas babies for over 10 years and they hope to keep the tradition going.
“We really want to give back to the mums and support the brand. The hampers have the essentials that babies will need for the first couple weeks and products that mum will need.”
There were also two other babies on the ward who were delivered today. First-timer Lea-ann Ellis said it felt great to be a new mother and to have an Independence Day baby.
She has chosen the name Serenity for her daughter and Ellis’ mother, Janitha Ellis and aunt, Victrine Gale - who were present during the interview - said they are extremely excited to meet the new addition to the family.
Baby girl Aryana, who was born to Akeila Maynard, will have her name added to a list of family members who also celebrate their birthday on Independence Day.
Maynard said her older son, who was born on November 29, begged her to deliver baby Aryana on his birthday as a gift. But the little girl had other plans - she came on November 30, the same day as Maynard’s brother and her aunt.
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