Photos: North Devon babies celebrate royal birthday
12:55 23 July 2013
Six new arrivals were welcomed at North Devon District Hospital on the same day the third-in-line to the throne was born.
SIX lucky babies born at North Devon District Hospital on Monday will share a royal birthday with the future King of England.
The hospital’s maternity ward welcomed five boys and one girl into the world with the earliest baby born at 2.10am and the latest at 6.10pm.
The world waited eagerly for news of the royal birth and it was confirmed the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a son at 4.24pm.
Ryan Jabbari, born at 3.43pm and weighing in at 7lbs and 7oz, was born just short of an hour before the royal heir.
Parents Fadi and Daniel Jabbari, from Bideford, said they were very excited to welcome a brother for their two-year-old son Kayan.
“It’s just amazing,” said Fadi.
“We’re very happy and excited that our baby has come at the same time; it’s a dream come true.”
Toni Cuthburtson, from Fremington, gave birth to her first child Ryder Darren Cuthburtson at 2.28pm, weighing 6lbs 3oz.
“My grandmother called me that morning to tell me Kate had gone into labour,” said Toni.
Her husband Jody added: “At the time, all you can think about is your own baby though; we got there first!”
Samantha Stewart, who gave birth to 5lbs 7oz Blue Alfi Crosby-Stewart at 2.10am, was the first on the ward to share the special day with the royals.
“I didn’t even know until about 2pm that Kate had gone into labour,” she said.
Blue, whose father is David Crosby, was born just over a month before Samantha’s due date of August 23.
Shirley and Luke Parkhouse also welcomed Lucas Barton-Parkhouse into the world on Monday morning.
Born at 7.14am and weighing in at 7lbs 3oz, Lucas is a brother to eight-year-old Sinead and five-year-old Blake.
“Lucas was actually born on his due date which was quite amazing,” said Shirley.
Helen Daly, manager for the Bassett Ward at the hospital, confirmed two other babies – a girl and a boy – had been born at 8.44am and 6.10pm respectively the same day.
She said: “We normally average about four-to-six babies a day and deliver 1,600 a year, so Monday was quite a good day for us.
“It’s a lovely place to work because you become familiar with the ladies and everyone knows each other.
“It’s a fantastic job and I absolutely love it here; what a wonderful event for these families to be a part of.”
The name of the royal baby, born at 8lbs 6oz, had not yet been confirmed.
PHOTOS: To see more pictures of the new arrivals at North Devon District Hospital, click the gallery link on the right of the page.