PERFECT TIMING: New year arrivals for (from left) Bronwyn and Ben Thirkell, of Lennox Head, with baby Chloe and Katrina Martin and Sullivan Rae, of Goonellabah, with Destiny.
PERFECT TIMING: New year arrivals for (from left) Bronwyn and Ben Thirkell, of Lennox Head, with baby Chloe and Katrina Martin and Sullivan Rae, of Goonellabah, with Destiny.

Destiny struck after midnight

DESTINY Jennifer Rae can officially claim to be the first 2009 baby born in New South Wales.

Mum Katrina Martin  gave birth at 12.02am at the Lismore Base Hospital while listening to the fireworks outside, and with the delivery room clock running a few minutes fast, she initially thought Destiny had been born at 12.05am.

“She timed it right down to the minute,” Katrina said.

A spokesperson from the NSW Department of Health confirmed yesterday that Destiny was the first New Year baby born in the state.

With Destiny was due on December 22, Katrina and partner Sullivan Rae had counted down.

“We were more worried about Christmas than New Year,” Katrina said.

“They were going to break my waters on Friday, but she came all on her own,” she said.

Chloe Josephine Thirkell was the next New Year baby to be born at the hospital, arriving at 1.30am.

This meant parents Bronwyn and Ben Thirkell missed out on celebrating New Year’s Eve.

“We were expecting to have a quiet one and were going to watch the fireworks at Alstonville,” Bronwyn said.
Chloe was also overdue, and like Katrina, Bronwyn had a fairly short labour.

Both mums said the staff were great.

While the women had different midwives, Katrina ended up borrowing Bronwyn’s midwife as well.

“She left me to go and help Katrina,” Bronwyn laughed.


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