Special Christmas present for seven families

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THE maternity ward at West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury St Edmunds, was busy this Christmas, as staff welcomed seven babies into the world on Christmas Day.

The first Christmas Day baby to be born was Skye Hodder.

Kayleigh Hodder, 25, gave birth to Skye, who weighed 7lb 13.5oz at 12.30am.

Her proud father, 26-year-old Chris Hodder, said everything went according to plan. The new arrival is now happily at home in Kestrel Drive, Brandon, with her parents and older sister, 18-month-old, Freya.

Late on Christmas Day night, baby Evan Alexander Crawshaw was born.

Weighing in at 7lb 4.5oz, Evan was welcomed at 11.24pm by mother, 31-year-old Lucy Crawshaw and father, Steve Crawshaw.

The couple, from Watermill Green, Thetford, were expecting Evan on January 8 but were due to be induced on Christmas Eve after they lost a baby at 39 weeks in 2009.

Steve, 32, said he wanted to thank all of the midwives and staff at West Suffolk hospital.

At 11.48pm, Penelope Catherine Davies was born, the last Christmas baby of the day.

Mum Rachel Davies and father Martin Davies were expecting Penelope to arrive on January 9 – a day before Martin’s 37th birthday – but she decided Christmas Day was the day.

“We had Christmas dinner but we didn’t quite get to finish our pudding as we were in hospital by 5pm,” said Martin.

Rachel, 35, said: “We thought she might be a birthday present for Martin but she ended up being a Christmas present.”

They are now settling in at home in Bury Road, Barrow, with the new addition.

The arrival of Penelope ends a whirlwind 2010 for the Davies, just in time for the new year.

It’s been a busy few months for the couple who moved back to the UK after three years in Australia in October, moved into their new house in Barrow, and got married on December 11 in Bury St Edmunds.

Four other children were also born on Christmas Day at West Suffolk Hospital.