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Not even the agonising pain of
child labour could dampen the spir-
its of seven joyous parents who cel-
ebrated Christmas Day with their
newborn babies at the San Fernan-
do General Hospital.
From close to midnight, mid-
wives and nurses were busy helping
mothers with the births of four boys
and three girls.
Congratulating parents yesteday,
chairman of the South West Regional
Health Authority Dr Lackram Bodoe
was pleased that the deliveries went
smoothly and produced healthy
At seven pounds and one ounce,
little Jaleel Marshall was the first
baby to be born at the hospital at
1.10 am and is the first for Florenscia
St Vincent and Jason Marshall.
Although her delivery was painful,
St Vincent described her son as the
best Christmas gift she ever got.
"It was quite an experience for
me because, of course, having a baby
is a lot of pain with the things you
have to go through. After all that, I
had a healthy baby boy and a safe
delivery. I thank God for that. I am
overwhelmed. This is my Christmas
gift," St Vincent said.
Anxiety was also strong for Mar-
shall who said he paced up and down
the hospital corridor during the
"It was just a feeling of anxiety,
that feeling during the labour period
and actually having the process done.
It was just an ecstatic time for me.
For her, it was a painful journey until
the pleasure point of delivery," Mar-
First-time mother Shivani Lutch-
man was also overjoyed as she looked
over baby Elsa Lutchman, born
around 4 am. The 20-year-old of
Mac Bean, Couva said she was
pleased at having a quick delivery
which lasted about 30 minutes and
she is excited to show off Elsa to her
It was a bit early for San Fernando
couple Lisa Harridass and Daniel
Worrell, who had their third child
at 6.30 am. Worrell, 31, of Tarodale
Hill, Ste Madeleine said his boy, who
was yet to be named, was expected
on New Years Day. Nonetheless, he
said it was a welcome surprise.
San Fernando West MP Carolyn
Seepersad-Bachan congratulated the
parents yesterday as she gave out
toys to children warded at the hos-
Seepersad-Bachan said, "These
babies show us how life is precious
and how God s work is precious. It
shows that we need to value life and
I think sometimes we do not value
life. We need to value what we have
and when we look at some of them
who are not so well, when we visited
the children s wards, we must all be
thankful for life and for having good
health and good strength."
Bodoe, hospital medical director
Anand Chattergoon and various
NGOs gave out gifts to close to 100
children at the hospital.
This included newborns to 14-
year-old childen, some of them even
suffering with chronic illnesses.
Seepersad-Bachan said it was a
Christmas tradition that she enjoyed
for the last four years and was happy
to see young people give up their
Christmas morning to sing carols
and bring cheer to patients.
Born just one minute after mid-
night, Emmanuella Durham, named
after a great-grandfather also born
on Christmas, became 2014 s first
"She is like a little celebrity," said
mother Duray about the attention
her daughter was getting as media
photographers surrounded her hos-
Duray said the other reason for
Emmanuella s name was the meaning
of the name Emmanuel, "God is with
us."The 25-year-old was one of four
women who delivered babies at the
Eric Williams Medical Complex
Women s Hospital at Mt Hope yes-
terday, although Emmanuella was
due to be born in early January.
"I wasn t ready yet," Duray
laughed. "But she was ready so I had
no choice, though I had hoped she
would come in January."
When media arrived at the hospital
yesterday, Emmanuella was asleep in
her hospital crib while her tired moth-
er lay on a bed nearby, awaiting vis-
iting hours so that Emmanuella could
meet her father.
"The delivery was good and all the
nurses were nice and they were moti-
vating me. They were so nice," Duray
said as she spoke about the delivery.
"I was just glad that she is okay
and everything is alright with both
Emmanuella, who weighed five
pounds at birth, is Duray s second
baby. Her first daughter, Aneka, is
two years old.
"Right now my first daughter is
missing everything. She has to open
her presents this morning without
me being there but I am bringing
home a little present for her."
Hospital administrator Vijay Bha-
gan, said four babies were delivered
Bhagan as well as senior nurses,
as per tradition, delivered hampers
to the mothers of the first three
Christmas babies as they celebrated
the birth of their children. The first
three mothers delivered girls.
Natasha Gibbs, 37, delivered her
daughter Narina, hours later at shortly
after 4 am. Her delivery was followed
by Kalouti Basdeo s, who also had a
girl but had not decided on a name
for her yet.
At Port-of-Spain General, there
were three Christmas Day births. The
first mother, Akeila Dalrymple, deliv-
ered that hospital s first Christmas
2014 baby at 12.49 am.
Dalrymple and baby were asleep
when the Guardian visited yesterday
morning. The two other mothers
were not yet documented by the hos-
pital s nurses.
Baby boy brings joy
Florencia St Vincent and Jason Marshall welcomed their first child, a baby
boy named Jaleel, at San Fernando General Hospital yesterday. Jaleel was
born at 1.14 am, making him that hospital's first delivery on Christmas day.
PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Duray Durham cuddles her baby on at the Mt Hope Women's Hospital yesterday. Durham was the first to give birth
to her daughter at 12.01 am on Christmas morning at the hospital. PHOTO: ABRAHAM DIAZ
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