A MOTHER received the best present ever when her baby daughter was born on Christmas Day.
Lara Foster, 26, of Hughenden Road, gave birth to baby Amera at the Conquest Hospital just after 9.45pm.
Amera was one of eight babies to be born on Christmas Day at the hospital on The Ridge. She weighed 8lbs 3oz.
Lara said: “Amera was overdue by eight days, as she was expected on December 17.
“I wasn’t expecting her to be born on Christmas Day. I’m delighted she was though and did have a feeling in the end that she would be.”
Lara went to the Conquest on Sunday, December 22 for an appointment but doctors made the decision to keep her in because of high blood pressure.
She told the Observer: “I went through several days of inducing. At one point Amera was sleeping through the contractions.
“Doctors then became worried about her oxygen supply so they decided to perform an emergency Caesarean on Christmas Day after I had been in labour throughout most of the day.
“I don’t know why Amera decided to come later than expected.”
The mum was supposed to move to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2013 but she became pregnant with her.
Lara therefore thought it was fitting to give her baby daughter an Arabic name, with Amera the Arabic word for ‘princess’.
Simon Purkiss, spokesman for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the Conquest and Eastbourne’s DGH, said out of the eight babies born at the hospital on The Ridge, four were from Hastings.