Western Cape welcomes Christmas babies
The Western Cape has welcomed the 188 babies that were born on Christmas day this year. The province received a total of 122 boys and 66 girls. Last year, the department welcomed just over 200 babies.
The babies are part of the more than 500 that were born on Christmas Day across the country.
The Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness spokesperson Sandra Maritz, said the first baby to arrive in the province was a baby girl at the Groote Schuur Hospital
''The first, a baby girl was born at 00:00 at Groote Schuur Hospital, weighing 3,130 kg, to mother Stella Masunda. Just one minute later, at 00:01, our second Christmas baby, also a girl weighing 3,2 kg, was born to mother Miché Prins, at Groote Schuur Hospital.
‘’Two sets of twins also made their arrival with the first set of twins, two girls, were born at 16:30 at Tygerberg Hospital to mother Elvina Amos,’’ she added.
Maritz wished the parents well on their journey.
‘’We congratulate all new parents on the birth of their babies on this special day. Our message to all new parents is that of the importance of the first 1000 days of a child’s life (since inception to two years old). Provide your baby with a safe environment and good nutrition. Make sure their immunisations are up to date and that you play an active role in their development by talking to them, playing with them, and supporting them to reach their milestones. The Department of Health looks forward to joining you on this journey,’’ said Sandra Maritz, spokesperson for the Western Cape Department of Health and Wellness.
By Lulama Klassen / Edited by: Mitchum George