A welcome to town’s first baby of 2012

Proud parents Lee Briggs and Natalie Johnson pictured with son Logan and their newborn baby

Proud parents Lee Briggs and Natalie Johnson pictured with son Logan and their newborn baby

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THIS little cutie could not wait to make an entrace into the world on New Year’s Day.

Natalie Johnson was the first mum of 2012 to give birth at the University Hospital of Hartlepool.

The 26-year-old and her partner Lee Briggs, 32, are overjoyed with their new arrival - but admit they have not yet come up with a name for their 9lb 5oz bundle of joy.

The baby was the first of the year to be born at the birthing centre at the Holdforth Road site, having made an appearance at 4.43pm.

Natalie, of Pounder Place, in the West View area of town, opted for a water birth as she said this method is “more relaxing”.

She added: “I wasn’t due until January 3, but had him on New Year’s Day.

“It was a shock, but it was nice.

“A New Year’s Day baby is something you won’t forget. “He is a really good baby.

“I didn’t miss not being able to have a drink on New Year’s Eve as I’m tee-total anyway.”

Natalie said her contractions started at 8.30am on New Year’s Day and she went into hospital at about 1pm.

Natalie, whose three-year-old son Logan was born at the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, as she had low iron levels in her first pregnancy and the birthing centre was being refurbished, added: “I held on as long as I could until the contractions were so many minutes apart before I went into hospital.

“My waters didn’t break until I got there.”

The full-time mum said she was in the water for two hours before giving birth and was allowed home on Tuesday morning.

Unemployed Lee was at her side for both births.