Tuesday 23 May 2017

'She wanted to be a New Year baby, we didn't realise' - mom of Hannah sees funny side after 15-hour delivery

Jane O'Faherty

One Dublin newborn was intent on making history by becoming a New Year baby after her delivery lasted longer than 15 hours.

It wasn’t long before the Coombe Womens and Infants Hospital in Dublin welcomed its first baby of 2016, just minutes after the clock struck midnight.

On his first day as Master of the Rotunda Hospital, Prof Fergal Malone congratulates Leanee Byrne from Blanchardstown (pictured) on the birth of her baby boy Zac (4.45kgs) at 3 minutes past midnight on New Years Day at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sinead Boyle, Barnaderg, Tuam with her baby girl Saoirse who was born in Galway University Hospital at 57 seconds after midnight on New Year's Day weighing 8lb 11oz. Photo: Joe Travers.
Sarah and Colin O'Grady from Corofin, Co. Galway with their first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day. Picture: Hany Marzouk
Little Kieran Patrick Gibbons arrived at eleven seconds past midnight.
Leanee Byrne from Blanchardstown (pictured) on the birth of her baby boy Zac (4.45kgs) at 3 minutes past midnight on New Years Day at the Rotunda Hospital in Dublin. Photo: Peter Houlihan
Sinead Boyle, Barnaderg, Tuam with her baby girl Saoirse who was born in Galway University Hospital at 57 seconds after midnight on New Year's Day weighing 8lb 11oz. Photo: Joe Travers.

Hannah Adebusayo Adeoye was born at 12.14am, after a complicated arrival at the Coombe Women and Infants Hospital.

Her parents, Michelle and Kehinde Adeoye, and her siblings Jessica (18), Kayla (7) and Michael (18 months) were on hand to welcome her while ringing in 2016.

Both baby, who weighs 8lb 12oz, and proud mum Michelle are happy and healthy.

Michelle told Independent.ie that she had been in the delivery suite for 15 hours on New Year’s Eve.

Sarah OGrady from Corofin, Co. Galway with her first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day.
Picture: Hany Marzouk
Sarah OGrady from Corofin, Co. Galway with her first baby Oisín born at Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe on New Years Day. Picture: Hany Marzouk

“They tried to induce her and then it didn’t work and she wasn’t progressing, so they decided to do a section,” she said. “I can’t believe it. We were joking yesterday, saying: ‘She’s waiting until 12am!’”

“She wanted to be a New Year baby, but we didn’t realise,” she added.

Both Michelle and delighted dad Kehinde called it “the best New Year ever” as they presented Hannah to the public for the

“Her full name means ‘the crown that has added to our joy’,” said Kehinde, while Michelle quipped that the long name is “definitely a conversation starter”.

Hannah was the first of six babies born in the Coombe Hospital between 12am and 5am on New Year’s Day. 30 babies had been delivered on the maternity ward on New Year’s Eve.

Meanwhile, University Hospital Limerick welcomed Ireland’s first baby of 2016, who was born mere seconds after 12am.

Kieran Patrick Gibbons was born 11 seconds after midnight, but his proud mum Jennifer O’Neill told reporters that the labour took almost 48 hours. She added that proud father Mark Gibbons had "gone home to have a rest" following the arrival of the little boy, who weighed 8lbs 3oz.

In University Hospital Galway, one baby girl was born 56 seconds after midnight, weighing in at 8lbs 11oz.

Minutes later, Dr Fergal Malone, the new Master of the Rotunda Hospital, started his first day in the office by welcoming Zac Caprani at 12.03am. Zac was born to Leanne Byrne and Keith Caprani from Blanchardstown, Co. Dublin and weighed almost 9lbs 13oz.

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