FAMILIES received the best Christmas gift they could have hoped for at the Swindon’s Hospital.

There have been four babies born on Christmas Day at Great Western Hospital as of 3pm today.

The first baby to be born was Rose Emily Lawson who arrived at 2.21am and weighed 7lbs 7oz.

Mum Jessica, from Faringdon, was due to give birth on December 27 but her little girl decided to arrive a few days earlier than planned.

She said: “It’s my first baby, I wasn’t expecting to go into labour until my due date.

“I’m feeling really tired but happy that my baby came on Christmas Day.”

Mother and baby are both doing really well.

Lydia Dagadu, from West Swindon, gave birth to her second child Maia at White Horse Birth Centre at 8.12am.

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She told the Adver: “I was actually expecting her earlier, but I guess she chose today to come.

“This is a very special Christmas present for us.

“I'm very happy, I'm just exhausted. My baby is happy and she’s healthy and everything is well.”

She said she had an easy pregnancy. She added: “The beginning was a bit shaky, because I did have to deal with a lot of morning sickness, but I thought it was quite an easy pregnancy.

“Today was painful but it was faster than my first one.”

Midwifery sister Jo Powell told the Adver this morning: "Obviously having a baby is a very special occasion and a very special moment anyway but it's extra special at Christmas time.

When asked about working on Christmas Day, she said: "It's part of the job, we all have to work, babies come 24 hours a day, seven days a week and they don't care about calendars.

"We are here to look after our ladies and the new babies, especially at the end of what's been a very difficult year, for a lot of families.

"Today, it's a peaceful day in maternity, it's very festive."

Jo celebrated Christmas with her family on December 23.

She added: "Merry Christmas to all of our mummies and daddies and all our expectant parents and we want to reassure people that we are open and if anyone got any concerns, they can ring the maternity unit."