The New Year is officially upon us, bringing new life and opportunities. As of 2pm January 1, the births of 58 New Year’s Day babies have been reported by public health facilities throughout the Western Cape.
Of the 58 babies, 32 are boys and 28 girls. The first child born in the new year entered the world at 00:00 at Mowbray Maternity Hospital. He weighed in at 3.3 kg and was 51 cm in length, and was born to mother Zahraah Abrahams. The second child born came thirteen minutes later at Paarl Hospital, weighing 3.6 kg and 55 cm in length to mother Noluyeye Plati.
The first reported girl born in the province was the third overall child born. She was born at 00:16 at Worcester Community Day Centre, weighing 2,8 kg and 45 cm in length, to mother Mellody Bhulawa.
According to the Western Cape Government, Paarl Hospital has had the most births thus far, reporting seven births. Kraaifontein Community Health Centre and Mowbray Maternity Hospital each reported six births.
“I would like to congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this New Year’s Day. We wish them the very best with new additions to their families. We continue to emphasize that the first 1000 days of a child’s life is very important. Provide them with a safe environment and good nutrition,” says Western Cape Minister of Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.