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Christmas joy for new mums

PUBLISHED: 11:06 26 December 2001 | UPDATED: 15:22 03 March 2010

WHEN doctors first informed Jackie Parker she was expecting twins, the mother simply could not believe her ears.

But if that did not shock her enough the 38-year-old and her partner, Barry Coleman, 42, received their second big surprise of the year when the babies were born on Christmas Day.

WHEN doctors first informed Jackie Parker she was expecting twins, the mother simply could not believe her ears.

But if that did not shock her enough the 38-year-old and her partner, Barry Coleman, 42, received their second big surprise of the year when the babies were born on Christmas Day.

Ms Parker, from Harleston, near Diss, gave birth to 71b 2oz Thomas, at 4.56am at Ipswich Hospital.

Just over half an hour later at 5.31am, 61b 9oz Harry made his entrance into the world.

The couple, who are originally from Kent, said the birth of the twins on Christmas Day was the best present they could have wished for, even though it caught them by surprise.

"It's absolutely marvellous and it has made the perfect Christmas because they are so wonderful," said Mr Coleman.

"I rang round all the family and they were all just crying with joy."

Ms Parker, who also has two other children, Charlotte, 14, and James, 15 months, had just began preparing the turkey for the family Christmas dinner late on Christmas Eve when she began having contractions.

Luckily her partner had decided to take it easy and not drink on Christmas Eve just in case she gave birth early.

With more than an hour's journey ahead of them to Ipswich Hospital, the couple admitted that it was a bit of a mad dash to get to the maternity unit on time.

"Although we have now moved to Harleston our doctors are in Ipswich so I always knew it was going to be a bit of a journey but it was definitely a rush," said Mr Coleman, who has another son called Michael, 13.

Midwives across the region were kept busy throughout Christmas Day as a number of babies chose the big day to make their entrance into the world.

By 10am, no fewer than six festive babies had been delivered at Ipswich Hospital and many

more were expected later on.

Cheryl Lorenz, from Nacton, in Ipswich, gave birth to 71b 5oz Courtney at 6.27am.

The little girl is the 35-year-old's fourth child. The mother has a 20-year-old daughter called Rachel, and sons Karl, 14, and Macauley, four.

Surrounded by several family and friends, her husband Jason, 30, said he was delighted Courtney had been born on Christmas Day: "I expected her to be born on Christmas Eve but this is the best present we could have wished for. I think we will really enjoy the rest of Christmsas now."


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