One baby couldn’t wait to get the New Year started, arriving just three minutes
past midnight at St Thomas’ Hospital – only yards away from London’s firework display.
New Year’s Day saw the arrival of 15 babies at St Thomas’ Hospital, with 10
boys and five girls born between 12.03am and 10.28pm.
Proud parents Veronica and Benn Andrews welcomed their daughter into the
world at 12.03am weighing 6lb – one of the country’s first new arrivals of 2019
and most likely the first born in the capital.
Veronica, from East Dulwich, 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.”
It proved a busy start to the year for midwives at St Thomas’ with 24 babies
also born 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.”