A New Year baby in the Boland

Nolufefe Plati of Paarl gave birth to a bonny baby boy at Paarl Hospital, at 12.13am on Wednesday January 1, the second baby reported born at public health facilities in the Western Cape on New Year’s Day.

The baby was in good health, weighed in at 3 560g and is 55cm in length.

Fifty-eight babies, 32 boys and 26 girls, were reported to have been born in Western Cape public health facilities.

The first, a boy, was born at midnight at Mowbray Maternity Hospital, weighing 3 300g and 51cm in length, to mother Zahraah Abrahams. The third, a girl was born at 12.16am, just three minutes after Ms Plati’s baby boy, at Worcester Community Day Centre, weighing 2 800g and 45cm in length, to mother Mellody Bhulawa.

Paarl Hospital was reported to have been the busiest from midnight, with seven births reported by 3pm, followed by six births each at Kraaifontein Community Health Centre, and Mowbray Maternity Hospital.    

“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 emphasise that the first 1 000 days of a child’s life is very important. Provide them with a safe environment and good nutrition,” says Western MEC for Health, Dr Nomafrench Mbombo.

“We also extend a sincere thank you to all our staff members, including midwives, for their hard work and dedication on this special day.”