Bundles of joy for Christmas

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Christians observed Dec 25 as a special day, and celebrations are held around the world to mark the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For parents, it gives them a special joy when their child arrives on this day.
Across the length and breath of Papua New Guinea, many were born, some lucky enough to utilise our hospitals and health centres for the care given to newborns, while others were not so lucky.
At the Modilon Hospital in Madang, two births were recorded on Christmas Day.
Nurses at the labour ward said a baby girl born to Veronica Kelly from Kairuku in Central province arrived at 2.25am, while a boy named Emmanuel Taba arrived at 5.35am weighing 3.7kg.
When asked what name will be given to the baby girl, her mother said that “she will be named later by relatives at home”.
Meanwhile, Christmas celebrations in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province, was quiet with most people going to church to celebrate this special day.
But the Goroka General Hospital was busy, recoding the birth of 11 babies.
Nurses at the Goroka Base General Hospital labour ward delivered five baby girls and six boys, the heaviest baby weighing 3.9kg, born to young mother Diana Hosie of Makia village in Bena district. All were doing fine.
In Mt Hagen, 12 new babies were born on Christmas Day.
There were three births recorded at the Boram General Hospital in Wewak on Christmas Day, two girls and a boy.
The boy, weighing 3.3kg, was born to Francisca Siliwi from West Yangoru. She was so delighted she described her healthy on as a Christmas gift.
The Port Moresby General Hospital recorded 32 babies born on Christmas Day – 17 girls and 15 boys.
The first to arrive was a boy who was delivered at 12.07am and weighed 3.3kg. He comes from a mixed parentage of Kairuku and Vanimo.
Oro province had three newcomers last Friday, a girl and two boys, according to Sister Freedah Orere.
The girl weighs 2.9kg and the boys weighed a 3.75kg and 3kg.
Many other births would not have been recorded for various reasons.
Still Dec 25 will be special to them.