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Celebrations as a handful of New Year’s Day babies born at Hereford County Hospital

Press release – January 2 2023


Midwives and parents celebrated the first 2023 babies to be born at Hereford County Hospital on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023. 

The first baby, a boy weighing 7lb 4oz, called Finley, was born to mum Charlie and dad Aled, shortly before 5am on January 1. 

The team of hospital midwives and new parents welcomed two girls and three boys on this special day and each baby received a bauble and a hat from the maternity team, to celebrate their arrival. 

Amie Symes, Associate Director of Midwifery at WVT, said: “It’s wonderful for our midwives to be able to celebrate with the proud parents the arrival of the first babies born at Hereford County Hospital this New Year 2023.

“Every baby is a blessing and babies born at this time of the year have very special birthdays. It was lovely to present the family with the bauble and hat for their baby.

“Our dedicated and experienced teams are here to help and support expectant mothers, parents and their new babies both in hospital and at home. Our community midwifery and health visiting teams continue to provide specialist support when parents and their babies are discharged from hospital, which includes help and advice on infant feeding and caring for your baby.

“From all of the maternity team at WVT, we wish the families of all babies born both on 1 January and throughout the year, a very Happy New Year.”


Pic Captions:

Finley: First baby of the year, Finley, with his mum Charlie Evans, dad Aled Weale with midwife Sarah-Jane Smith

Lily: Born at 10.40am weighing 6lb 10oz to mum Zoe Harris and dad Declan Collins with midwife Vic

Logan: Born at 10.07am weighing 8lb 15oz, with mum Alice Crowther and dad Quaide Bundy

Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £185 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.

For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928

Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928


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