14:27 Wednesday 25 December 2013

Teacher rushes from party to have Christmas Day baby in Cambridge - and it was a miracle of love for a mum who gave birth on Valentines Day and now on December 25

Written byRAYMOND BROWN

A new mum was forced to cut a festive bash short to give birth and it was a miracle of love for a woman who had a baby girl on Christmas Day – after having a boy on Valentines Day.

Nina and Martin Cunnick, of Hawes Lane, Wicken, were amazed when little Tanwyn arrived at just before 1am on Christmas Day weighing 6lb 2oz, with help by Rosie Maternity Hospital midwife Elizabeth Buckle.

But the couple, who met while serving in the Army, are getting used to having babies on momentous occasions.

Their first child Iain, 4, was born on February 14.

Martin, 34, said: “Having babies on Christmas Day and Valentines Day is not something you’d put odds on but it is fantastic.

“She wasn’t due until January 2 so it has come as a surprise. I am over the moon. It’s just so hard to express.”

Proud mum Nina, 28, said: “It is Sod’s law and I do feel sorry for her missing out on having a birthday party but she is so beautiful.”

And new mum Jeanette Yven Ka Yee, of Union Lane, Chesterton, had to cut a Christmas Eve party short for the unexpected arrival of her baby girl.

The 30-year-old and partner Alan Yu, 35, who is studying for a PhD in urban planning at Cambridge University, were at a Christmas Eve bash when the first signs of baby Raphael’s early arrival happened.

They had been to midnight mass at St Andrew’s Church in Church Street and went on to a party with friends and were not expecting to have their first child for five weeks.

The foreign language teacher said: “We were at the party and everyone was drinking wine – except me – and having a great time when my waters broke at about 2.30am and we came straight to the Rosie.”

Little Raphael arrived at 7am weighing just 4lb 11oz with help from midwife Anita Walsh.

Jeanette said: “It’s amazing. I can’t believe it. “I really wasn’t expecting him so soon but he is doing fine. He really is a gift from God and we are so grateful. I am going to sleep all day.”

And teacher Zoe Eaton, 34, of Red Lodge, and husband John, 37, an events manager for Cambridge Regional College, were delighted with their first child who was born on Christmas Day at 2.25am weighing 8lb 4oz.

But the couple now have a big decision to call their baby girl Harriet or Florence.

Zoe, who teaches at Weatherall Primary School in Soham, had her baby in the Rosie’s birthing bath room.

She said: “I’m proud that I did it all on gas and air and the bath was fantastic. This place is amazing. It’s like a hotel and the staff are just incredible. Their attitude is just fantastic.”

John said: “She is the best Christmas present we could ever wish for.”

Meanwhile at Hinchingbrooke Hospital mum Nazia Rehman, 34, of Hill Rise, St Ives, had expected her first born Xavia, last Christmas Day but he arrived later on January 3 this year.

But almost 12 months later on Christmas Day at 4.18am she gave birth to a baby girl weighing just 5lb.

The local tax officer at Huntingdonshire District Council and her husband Asim, 32, who works at Memeo printing in Huntingdon, were delighted with the new addition to the family.

Nazia said: “We were expecting Xavia on Christmas Day but he was a week late and this one is weeks early but she is so beautiful and doing fine. It has been incredible and we are just so happy.”

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