Staff at the Countess of Chester Hospital maternity services pulled out all the stops to ensure there was a festive atmosphere as babies were welcomed into the world on Christmas Day.

A full team was in place on December 25 to make sure new mums and their arrivals felt extra special as their important event happened on such a big day.

Taking pride of place in the department on the day was the special delivery cot which was reserved for the first baby to be born on Christmas Day - an honour that went to little Milla, who was born at 01.09 weighing 7lb 13.5oz.

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Earlier this year, the Countess put out an appeal on social media asking people to knit tiny hats for full-term babies born at the hospital. Hundreds of knitters responded and each baby born on Christmas Day was able to take one home along with a Christmas decoration as a memento of the occasion.

It was a particularly special day for one of the midwives, Becky Evans, who was working a 12 hour shift on her birthday - she herself was born at the Countess on Christmas Day.

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