Date of release: 25 December 2022
“I did all the Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve and sorted all the presents – then when I sat down at 11pm I thought something’s happening!”
Wednesfield mum Marie Smith welcomed Christmas Day daughter Rosie-Mae at New Cross Hospital.
Marie, Richard and baby Rosie-Mae
Her fifth baby arrived at 3.47am, weighing 6 pounds and 15 ounces, and was just over two weeks early.
Marie, 41, and partner Richard Hyde, 43, think she is the best Christmas present ever and can’t wait to show her off to the family.
Marie said: “My other children range in age from 15 to 23 and I’m a grandmother so there’s quite a gap but we certainly have plenty of babysitters to call on.
“I came into hospital on Christmas Eve to be checked out as I have had gestational diabetes and when I got home I sorted all the dinner out and didn’t sit down till 11pm. Then I thought, something’s happening, and I came in at midnight so she was a quick birth.”
Marie praised The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Maternity Services.
She said: “The staff were just perfect; they are so good.”
A total of 12 Christmas Day babies were born at New Cross Hospital on 25 December.