AS PARTY-goers nursed hangovers on New Year’s Day, four expectant mothers at West Suffolk Hospital nursed something a little more significant.
Laura-Beth Harris, 26, and partner Oliver Sword, 23, from Pakenham, were among the proud couples who welcomed new babies into the world on the first day of 2012.
Their daughter, Ruby Jayne Sword, was born on Sunday at 12.21pm and weighed 8lbs ½oz.
And for Miss Harris, who was 13 days overdue, her birthday could not come soon enough.
“It was fantastic, the best thing ever,” she said.
“They’ll be no more going out on New Year’s Eve,” she added.
“We’re over the moon, ecstatic,” said Mr Sword.
Jennie Waterson, 31, and partner Christopher Durham, 32, from Cowlinge, were not far behind with their bundle of joy.
Their son, Joshua David Durham, was born at 12.37pm – just one day overdue – weighing 8lbs 4½ozs.
After a night spent in hospital, Miss Waterson was glad to get home, where she has been relaxing and enjoying spending time with her new family ever since.
“It all went better than expected, I’m glad he was born on New Year’s Day,” she said.