SIX Independence babies were born at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), while four women were in labour when Barbados TODAY visited. One woman was also in labour at Bayview Hospital.
When Barbados TODAY visited the QEH during the Independence Day parade this morning, several of the mothers said how happy they were to welcome their newborns on this special day.
Maria Gibbons’ baby girl was the first to be born, at 12:41 a.m. Gibbons, who has two other children, said she was a little tired from labour, but she was filled with excitement.
Gibbons said she did not plan for her daughter to be born on Independence Day, but noted that the little one chose the right day to make her appearance.
“Labour was short. It was three hours, but painful. She came quickly. I am feeling happy at this moment,” Gibbons said.
Lea-Anne Elliss gave birth to the second baby, who also happens to be her first child. The new mother said her beautiful baby girl Serenity Elliss, who was due in December, arrived today at 3:09 a.m.
“I am feeling great. The labour pain was hot, but when it came it was okay, I am happy she is here,” Elliss said.
The third baby was born just one minute after Serenity. Akeila Maynard welcomed Aryana Maynard into the world, at 3:10 a.m.
“I am feeling excited and happy. My son wanted her to be born on his birthday, which was yesterday. But my brother is very happy because his birthday is today, and so is my aunt’s birthday,” Maynard, who has other children, shared.
The parents of the first boy, and fourth child to be born at 3:50 today, are yet to decide what to name him. However, Lasynga Boyce, and Rico Bishop said that their focus right now is to enjoy and cherish the first moments of their son’s life.
“I am feeling okay. Labour was awful. I got here at 1 o’clock and went straight to the labour ward,” Boyce said.
The other two mothers and babies were unavailable at the time Barbados TODAY visited the ward.
The first baby girl and boy to be born were presented with a Huggies hamper from Brand Manager at Massy Distribution, Kaffy-Ann Harewood.
She explained that Massy has been presenting hampers to Independence babies for over ten years
“We do it to give back to moms. It is all of the essentials the baby would need for the first two weeks of its life,” Harewood said. (AH)