A FIRST-TIME mother was given a surprise when her new-born son arrived on New Year’s Day – a couple of days after she finished working.
Little Alfie Deves-McQueen came into the world weighing 7lb 10½oz, to the delight of parents Sarah Gambriel and Leigh Deves-McQueen, of Thackeray Road, Worthing.
Alfie had been due for a much more ominous date, Friday, January 13, which meant Sarah had continued working until December 30 – a couple of weeks before her due date.
But Sarah said having Alfie early had worked out well, as there had been no waiting for him to arrive.
Sarah, 32, said: “We feel on top of the world. Even though I’ve had a lack of sleep, having this baby keeps you going. It makes me want to be awake so I can see him.”
Alfie was born in a birthing pool at Worthing Hospital after a labour of two hours and 20 minutes, despite the fact this meant Sarah was unable to have an epidural.
She said: “We both felt it’s a nice transition into the world. You’re not able to have an epidural, because your legs go numb, but I was determined to give birth that way.”
Sarah said she was proud to have given birth to Alfie on New Year’s Day, adding it was a birthday he was bound to love when he grew older and could go out and celebrate it with friends.
She added: “We’re overwhelmed by it. We’re so pleased we’ve got this little boy. I wish I did it sooner.”
A COUPLE whose first child was born on New Year’s Day travelled from Hove to Worthing because of the hospital’s strong reputation.
Isla Parkinson was born weighing 7lb 15oz after a labour of between 15 and 16 hours.
Delighted parents Matt and Catherine Parkinson had chosen to have the birth in Worthing Hospital, rather than the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton, because of the hospital’s good reputation and because Matt’s parents live in Worthing. Matt, of Brunswick Square, Hove, said: “I grew up in Worthing and my parents live here. We are on the boundary here in Hove and Worthing Hospital has a good reputation, so we chose to have Isla there.
“We’re both completely besotted and bemused with this new person in our lives. It’s taken us a bit of adjusting, but we’re both delighted.”
Isla had been due 11 days earlier, which prompted Matt and Catherine to feel she was going to be a Christmas baby.
But Matt said he was particularly pleased Isla was a New Year’s baby. He added: “It’s an excellent day to be born because other people are going to celebrate with you.”