Lynn Williams firstname.lastname@example.org
THE stork had a busy time in Nelson Mandela Bay on New Years’ Day delivering 21 babies – a large proportion of the 70 births in the province on the first day of the new year.
There were 46 New Year’s Day babies born in the Eastern Cape, excluding the East London region.
Port Elizabeth’s Dora Nginza Hospital, with 13 newborns, recorded the highest number of births.
The first child born at the hospital on New Year’s Day was a little girl who took her first breath of air at 12.01am.
Four babies were born at the Life St George’s Hospital – three girls and a boy.
The first to make her appearance was a girl at 6pm.
The other three were born between 7pm and 8pm.
Sister Thoza Magwadi of the St George’s labour ward said everyone was overjoyed at the new arrivals.
“The moms and the nursing staff are all still excited at the birth of our New Year’s babies,” she said.
“They are all healthy and happy.” The Uitenhage Provincial Hospital also recorded four births.
The new arrivals included three girls and a boy. The first child, a little girl, was born at 4.48am.
No babies were born at the Bay’s Netcare Greenacres, Netcare Cuyler and Life Mercantile Hospitals on New Year’s Day.
Provincial Health Department spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said more than 70 babies had been born in the Eastern Cape – including East London – on New Year’s Day.
He was unable to give a breakdown of how many of the newborns were boys and how many were girls.