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Saturday, 04 July 2015

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Explosive New Year as new Workington baby arrives

A Workington couple had a more eventful New Year’s Day than they had bargained for when their baby daughter made an early appearance.

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NEW YEAR GIRL: Nicola Mercer, of Salterbeck, Workington, with baby Leonie Phyllis, who was born almost a week early on New Year’s Day, weighing 6lb 13oz

Nicola and Mark Mercer, of Salterbeck, were not expecting their first child until Monday.

But, as Nicola watched the New Year fireworks on TV in her bedroom, her waters broke.

Her mum Ruth Hutchings look them to the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven but it was not until the evening that the couple finally met their daughter.

After a 16-hour labour, the 6lb 13oz girl was born by Caesarean section at 6.32pm.

She was the first of two babies born at the hospital on New Year’s Day.

Since finding out they were expecting the couple had drawn up a list of 26 possible names but could not agree on one from the list.

In the end, they named their daughter Leonie Phyllis.

Leonie was the name of the midwife who delivered her and Phyllis was Mark’s grandmother, who died a year ago on Monday – her great-granddaughter’s due date.

Nicola said baby Leonie’s timely arrival was a surprise, although she thought she might arrive before Monday.

She added: “I always thought she would come early, I had a little inkling.

“I didn’t know she’d be a New Year baby.

“I think that she’s my Christmas and New Year present all in one.

“It’s a nice way to start the new year.”


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