Proud parents welcome baby Jack on Christmas Day

tis  Lorraine and Matthew Hanson with Christmas baby Jack.  (131230M1)
tis Lorraine and Matthew Hanson with Christmas baby Jack. (131230M1)
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A Harrogate couple received a surprise Christmas present when their first baby arrived three weeks early on Christmas Day.

Lorraine Hanson, 32, and husband Matthew welcomed baby Jack Hanson into the world at 1.10pm. He was the second of three babies born at Harrogate District Hospital on Christmas Day.

Baby Jack weighed 6lb 15.5oz and he hadn’t been due to be born until January 14.

Lorraine said: “To be honest I was ready for him, it’s true what they say - I felt ready to pop!

“I am not sure how happy he will be with his birthday being on Christmas Day when he is older. I think Jack will have to have two birthdays like the Queen, one in summer and another at Christmas time.”

Mrs Hanson’s family even cancelled their Christmas dinner so they can rearrange and celebrate properly with Lorraine, Matthew and Jack.

She said: “We were supposed to be going to my parents on Christmas Day but they have put it off so they could come to the hospital to meet Jack.

“They ended up eating jacket potatoes and coleslaw instead of turkey, but we will have Christmas dinner another time.”

The couple had been out celebrating their first wedding anniversary on December 23, just days before Jack’s unscheduled arrival.

Mrs Hanson said: “It’s going to be an expensive time of year for his Daddy - Jack’s birthday, Christmas and our wedding anniversary all together!”

The sex of the baby had been a surprise for the couple who chose the name Jack as it was Matthew’s grandfather’s name.

Mrs Hanson said: “Although it was a surprise I was all prepared for him. I am quite an organised person so had all the stuff ready from about six months in.

“It means I still got lots of non-baby presents for Christmas which is a nice treat.”

Three babies were born on Christmas Day at Harrogate District Hospital. Lorraine said she thought Jack was the only boy born on the day.

Maternity services at Harrogate District Hospital have recently been highlighted as among the best in the country.

The Advertiser reported that a survey carried out by the Care Quality Commission found that Harrogate Hospital was the only one in the north of England to score better than most other trusts in all areas.

Mrs Hanson was full of praise for her midwife Jude.

The new mum said: “It was her first ever Christmas baby, so she was excited. She was an amazing midwife, she was brilliant.”