SOME lucky parents have received the best Christmas gift of all — with their long-awaited special delivery arriving on the big day.
Expectant mothers in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire delivered babies on December 25, ensuring there was no holiday let-up for hospital staff.
At Singleton a total of eight babies arrived, five boys and three girls.
Senior midwife Linda Richards said: "Every birth is special whatever day a baby is born, but Christmas Day is seen as an extra special time for parents and midwives, who have received many thank you wishes, and cards expressing the excellent care that mothers have received at the delivery suite this year."
Among those celebrating new arrivals are Noemi Casadesus, from Blackpill, whose son Eric Fowler arrived following a delivery which lasted under an hour.
"It was short but intense — it hurt like hell!" she said.
Zyan Davies, who arrived weighing a whopping 9 lbs and 15.5 oz, put his Dunvant mum Eloise through a 28-hour delivery, while Kealey Robson, from Ystradgynlais, gave birth to Florence Reilly.
Neath Port Talbot Hospital also witnessed two new arrivals on Christmas day, while in Glangwili Hospital, Laura Canton, of Penygroes, gave birth to her second son, Cai Charlie Canton, at 11.45am.
She said: "The labour started on Christmas Eve, around dinner time, but I stayed in the house because I wanted to see my other little boy, Finley, open his presents."