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Watford General Hospital welcomes nearly 60 festive babies

Posted: 3 January 2024

Pictures of three families with babies Pictured above clockwise from top left is baby girl Musson with parents and NED Ginny Edwards, baby boy Ciesla with parents, and baby girl Bartram with parents and NED Ginny Edwards.

Nearly 60 families in west Hertfordshire received the best gift ever as they welcomed in their festive new arrivals over Christmas and New Year.

To celebrate the special occasion, Mitra Bakhtiari, director of midwifery, was joined by non-executive director Ginny Edwards on Tuesday 2 January for a walkaround on the maternity wards, visiting the families who had welcomed their babies over the New Year.

During their visit, Ginny and Mitra presented gifts to the families and their babies, which were kindly donated by West Herts Hospitals Charity.

Ginny also presented some handmade quilts to the families, which were thoughtfully crafted and gifted by the Mead Quilting Group and other local quilters in west Hertfordshire.

Ginny Edwards said: “I am so pleased that we were able to visit families during what is a very special time for them. It was so wonderful to meet with some of the new parents on the maternity unit and see our hard-working staff in action.

“We are also so grateful to the talented quilting groups who spent their time lovingly creating quilts for the families of our newborn babies. Thank you to all the staff who have worked over the festive period to help deliver our babies.”

Pictured above are three families whose babies were born around New Year’s with Ginny Edwards. Baby boy Ciesla rung in the New Year for his Watford based family at 9.35pm. He was shortly followed by baby girl Musson at 11.20pm, whose family are from Rickmansworth. Baby girl Bartram was born the next day on Tuesday 2 January to delighted parents from Watford.


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