Joy as mums welcome Northern Ireland’s first arrivals of 2016

Cara Laverty and Tim Reid from Dunmurry pictured with their baby boy James Brendan Harry Reid born at 06.21am weighing 8 pounds and 0.5 ounces. 'Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker
Cara Laverty and Tim Reid from Dunmurry pictured with their baby boy James Brendan Harry Reid born at 06.21am weighing 8 pounds and 0.5 ounces. 'Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker

Northern Ireland welcomed its first baby of 2016 into the world just after midnight on on New Year’s Day at the Causeway Hospital in Coleraine.

The six pound four ounce boy was born into the Porter family from Magherafelt at 12.03am to the delight of mum Laura and dad Ryan.

Baby Porter was one of 17 born between midnight and lunchtime across the province.

The biggest baby boom was at the Ulster Hospital in Dundonald where five - all girls - were born, ahead of the Royal Jubilee Belfast and Altnagelvin with three babies each.

Baby James Brendan Harry Reid was born at 6.21am at the Royal Jubilee in Belfast weighing in at just over eight pounds.

Mum Cara Laverty from Dunmurry said she was pleasantly surprised at the relatively short labour of three hours and 20 minutes.

“I went nine days over with him but started having contractions around 3am and it all kicked off from then,” she said.

“I already have a little girl who is only eleven months and she has been in to meet her little brother...but I don’t think she likes the fact that the spotlight is off her at the minute.

“There will have to be a few adjustments at home no doubt but we’ll get there.”

Dad Tim Reid was at Cara’s side throughout for the birth and recovery.

Both Cara, a cafe supervisor in Belfast, and baby were doing well yesterday afternoon and preparing for home.

“All being well we should get home by this afternoon so it’s all been very quick thankfully,” Cara added.

Aime McAuley from Newtownabbey was another proud mum at the Jubilee with a baby girl born at 5.51am weighing seven pounds and 10 ounces, while Theresa Anthony from Belfast also gave birth to nine pound two ounce baby girl born at 2.37am.

The South Western in Enniskillen, Craigavon and Antrim all had one baby born while Daisy Hill in Newry had two.