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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, December 26, 2013
This year s first
Christmas baby was a
boy, born to Christiana
John, 17, from St Joseph
at 12.32 am yesterday.
The first-time mom
sat on her bed at the
Women s Hospital in Mt
Hope, smiling, as she
held her son, who was
wrapped in a blue blanket
and weighed 3.5 kilo-
John said she has not
decided his name but
The young mother
said the contractions
leading up to the delivery
were painful, but said her
son was worth it
"I felt happy when I
saw my baby," she said,
after a six-hour delivery.
John said all along his
due date was Christmas
Eve, but she secretly
wished he would be born
on December 25.
She got her wish.
"His birthday is some-
thing special," John said,
as she waited for her
family to arrive.
She knew Christmas
Day would be spent in a
hospital, but said it was
easy as the nurses made
her feel at home.
Across the room, on a
nearby bed, Tanisha
Rouse, 26, held her new-
born son as he slept. He
was the second baby
born at the hospital, four
minutes after the first.
Gregory Lynch slept in
his mother s arms, as she
described the painful
delivery, but very happy
ending to the T&T
She did not expect him
to be born yesterday, as
he was due since last
"He was overdue. It s
like he waited for Christ-
mas. He s my gift."
She added that she
was also very happy her
pregnancy and delivery
Rouse said her stay at
the ward was easy, and
she became friends with
other first-time mothers
in her room.
Rouse and John
received hampers con-
taining baby products
from the hospital.
Four other babies were
born at the facility before
6 am yesterday, making
the tally three boys and
The Eastern Regional
Health Authority (ERHA)
reported Shanice Rose
was the proud mother of
a baby boy, born at 4.50
at the Sangre Grande
Sookram Ali, manag-
cations, ERHA, said they
expected one more birth
for the day.
The first Christmas
baby at Port-of-Spain
General Hospital was a
girl, born at 1.30 am.
Her parents Christo-
pher DeGannes and Maxine Marrast named
her Janique. She is their
DeGannes said she
went way past her due
date, but didn t expect
her to be born on Christ-
"We expected her on
December 8. She was
overdue, due," he joked.
The proud father
beamed as he said he
always wanted his first-
born to be a girl.
"This is the greatest
gift. My first child, a girl,
on Christmas Day."
Marrast said the deliv-
ery of her 3.9 kilo-
gramme daughter was
smooth, but still painful.
"It was hard. But it
only lasted about 20
minutes," Marrast said.
She said it s weird not to
be home at Christmas,
but the nurses made it
"The nurses were real-
Penal mother of three Sharon Bap-
tiste got a special Christmas "trea-
sure" yesterday when she gave birth
to a three-kilogramme baby girl,
whom she named Treasure.
The tiny tot was the first official
Christmas baby in South. She was
born yesterday at 12.57 am at the San
Fernando General Hospital.
Little Treasure was one of four
babies born there yesterday. Moruga
mother Shinelle Brereton, 27, gave
birth to a 3.72 kilogramme baby girl
at 6.40 am and Sarah Dasrath, 16,
also of Moruga, gave birth to a 3.18
kg boy at 7.14 am.
Terneil Rampersad, 36, of South
Oropouche, gave birth to a bouncing
4.02 kg baby girl at 10.12 am.
However, some 16 other babies were
delivered just shy of the special Christ-
mas Day holiday. Among those babies
were two sets of twins.
Yesterday, Baptiste, 29, who admit-
ted she was a little tired, said she was
happy that her delivery went well.
Baptiste said her baby was due on
The mother of twin boys, aged
seven and a five-year-old girl, said
she was hoping for another baby boy
this time around.
"I did not know what I was expect-
ing. I wanted a boy, but they told me
it was a girl. So I named her Treasure,"
Her choice of name was unique and
Baptiste said there was a story behind
it. She explained that last month her
friends and family had a "girl s lime"
aboard the Treasure Queen boat. She
said they told her that she was having
a girl and they even suggested that
she name the baby Treasure and that
was exactly what she did yesterday.
Baptiste said on Monday night she
began getting labour pains. However,
she opted to stay home.
"I wanted to wait to get close to
the time," she said.
Baptiste said she came to the hos-
pital on Tuesday and by that time her
labour pains had increased and at 12.57
am she welcomed her fourth child.
She said she had a simple Christmas
wish for her baby.
"My wish is for her to have health
and strength and for her to grow up
in the way she supposed to," she said.
While Baptiste lamented that the
crime situation was worrying to bring
a child into, she said, she will be careful
with her "treasure."
"I have to take care of her," she said.
Yesterday the babies on the mater-
nity ward at San Fernando General
Hospital had a special visit from Min-
ister of Public Administration San
Fernando West MP Carolyn Seeper-
sad-Bachan who, together with South
West Regional Health Authority
chairman Dr Lackram Bodoe and Dr
Krishna Rampersadsingh, came bear-
Christmas Day baby
wish comes true
ly nice. It felt like they
were family," she said
while lying on her bed.
Up to yesterday after-
noon, the Port-of-Spain
General Hospital deliv-
ered ten babies---six girls
and four boys.
New mom Sharon Baptiste cuddles
her daughter, Treasure, yesterday.
She was the first Christmas Day baby
born at San Fernando General
Hospital. PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Christiana John holds her newborn son, who was
delivered at 12.32 yesterday morning. John said she
was happy to finally hold her first child in her arms,
and had secretly wished he would be born on
December 25. She has not yet chosen a name.
First-time dad Christopher DeGannes holds his
daughter Janique DeGannes as her mother Maxine
Marrast looks on.
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