CHRISTMAS Day will never be the same again for a trio of young mums who received the best present they could ever have wished for.
Maternity staff at the Conquest Hospital were busy from the very start of Christmas Day as they helped deliver their first festive baby at 2.39am.
Jack Nessling weighed in at 6lb 6oz after his mother Gemma Whitelaw was given an emergency Caesarean operation.
Gemma was fast asleep at her home in Rye Road, Ore when her waters broke about 1am and was rushed to hospital by her partner David Nessling.
Her operation was originally planned for January 6.
Gemma, 24, who works at Job Centre Plus, said: “It was the best Christmas present I could ever have wished for.”
Fellow first-time mum Kayleigh Rose, 24, was also due to give birth in the new year.
The 24-year-old from Ore was induced on December 23 but it took 24 hours for the drugs to kick in.
Kayleigh, who works as a customer service clerk at HSBC, was in labour for 10 hours eventually giving birth to little Fletcher at 4.26am.
The youngster tipped the scales at 7lb 11oz but was suffering from severe jaundice.
He was taken to the Special Care Baby Unit and placed under a heat lamp for treatment but is expected to go home tomorrow (Saturday).
Kayleigh said: “Everyone kept on telling me I was going to have a Christmas Day baby but I didn’t believe them at all. It became a running joke.
“The drugs didn’t kick in until the next day and then I went into labour.
“I was thrilled to have him on Christmas Day which will never be the same again. He did need some special care but we’re confident he will be out on Saturday and we can’t wait to take him home.”
Rachel Evans, from Hastings, also gave birth on Christmas Day at 10.35am to baby Tyler.