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WHILE most people were nursing hangovers, proud parents were celebrating the birth of their babies on the first day of 2005.Yvonne Price, senior midwife at Ipswich Hospital, said it had been a lovely start to the New Year for the parents, with the first baby born at the hospital at 1.

WHILE most people were nursing hangovers, proud parents were celebrating the birth of their babies on the first day of 2005.

Yvonne Price, senior midwife at Ipswich Hospital, said it had been a lovely start to the New Year for the parents, with the first baby born at the hospital at 1.32am.

BT research scientist Jabar Fatah, 48, and his wife Zhian Majeed, 32, from Ipswich, were thrilled with their new arrival.

The husband and wife, who already have one child Nina, had a little girl and have yet to decide on a name for her. She weighed more than 8lb after a natural birth and had been due on December 27.

Mr Fatah said: "We are just so thrilled. I just want to thank everyone here, the hospital has been absolutely brilliant, fantastic."

At 3.54am Karl and Joanne Weir, from Ipswich, were celebrating their son Zack's arrival, weighing 9lb 2oz, three days later than expected.

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Mr Weir, who owns The Shower Shop in Foxhall Road, Ipswich, said: "We are over the moon, delighted. We just want to thank all the midwives and the staff for a superb service, we were well looked after."

Julie Simmonds, 28, and 34-year-old Scott Waring, from Ipswich, were celebrating the arrival of baby Aimee at 9.12am, weighing 6lb 1oz.

Deborah and Joe Lait, from Martlesham Heath, also celebrated the birth of their daughter Harriet at 11.41am on New Year's day.

Mr Lait, 34, and his 31-year-old wife were thrilled to have their baby arrive, weighing 6lb 12oz, before the due date of January 9.

"We are over the moon, well chuffed. We think that will be it now, two children is enough," said Mr Lait.

His wife added: "Whenever Harriet celebrates her birthday, it will always be a bank holiday. We have a little boy Daniel and there is exactly a three-year gap between them.

"I think our house will be fairly full now, with lots of visitors. We just want to thank everyone on the Orwell Ward."

Lesley Rayner, 34, who works for the regional assembly, and Ian Carr, a 38-year-old computer engineer, were celebrating the birth of a baby boy.

They are planning to have their family round to celebrate at their home in Stutton after he was born weighing 7lb 9oz.

Meanwhile, two girls, born within 10 minutes of each other, were both called Ruby by their parents on what was a relatively quiet New Year's Day for staff at James Paget Hospital in Gorleston.

At 7.21am the first baby of the year, aptly called Ruby Winter and weighing 6lb 5oz, was born, a third child for parents Angela and Bob, from Beccles.

Six minutes later Lucy Holden gave birth to her first child, daughter Ruby Grace, by caesarean section, weighing 5lb 15oz.

By the end of the day five babies had been born at James Paget Hospital, with one home delivery.

Nine babies, eight of them boys, were all born at West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, on New Year's Day.

Including Alex and Nadine West, from Stowmarket, who experienced parenthood for the first time, with the birth of Finlay, weighing 8lb 9oz.

Finlay had been due three days earlier and his reluctance to arrive had led to a delivery by emergency caesarean, but mother and child were both doing fine.

And bucking the trend of boys being born on New Year's Day was little Alice Bradley who kept her parents, Simon and Debbie, 36, waiting before making her first appearance in the world.

Weighing 6lb and 11oz and arriving 11 days late, Alice is sister to three-year-old Joseph at the family's home in Thurston.

Proud father Mr Bradley, 33, said: "We were a bit on edge over Christmas and our mobile phones have been constantly on the ready. We always hoped it would come in the New Year rather than Christmas."

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