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Christmas babies bring festive cheer to parents in west Hertfordshire

Posted: 28 December 2022

Pictures of Christmas babies.

Christmas brought the best gift ever for 22 joyful families in west Hertfordshire as they celebrated the arrival of their babies.

The midwifery team at Watford General Hospital had a busy festive period supporting the arrival of 13 babies on Christmas Eve, three on Christmas Day and six on Boxing Day.

Appropriately named baby ‘Eve’ Ghiocel, whose family are from Hemel Hempstead, was one of the first babies to arrive on December 24, born at 1.42am. Amelia Walsh from St Albans followed later at 4.49pm.

Christmas Day saw the arrival of baby Sakshi at 7.25am and Wishma Iftikhar at 10.05am, both from Watford. Baby Hudema arrived at 7.35am. Rosie Ivory was born to proud parents on Boxing Day.

Mitra Bakhtiari, director of midwifery, said: “Congratulations to all the families who celebrated the arrival of their Christmas babies. A special thanks to all the staff who worked over the festive period to safely bring them into the world, as they do all year round. I am so proud of our maternity teams. They are so supportive of each other and no matter what the journey is like for the families in our care, they make it the best experience possible for them.”


  1. Pictured from top left to bottom right is Amelia Walsh, baby Hudema, baby Sakshi, Wishma Iftikhar, Rosie Ivory and Eve Ghiocel.
  2. For more information, please contact the communications team on: 01923 436280 or email: For out of hours media enquiries please call the Watford General Hospital switchboard on 01923 244366 and ask for the on call communications manager.
  3. West Hertfordshire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust serves people from across Hertfordshire, north London and further afield. It operates from three hospitals; Watford General, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead. The trust has a catchment area of over 500,000 people and is one of the largest employers locally, with around 5,000 staff and volunteers.
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