Every New Year’s Day, the hospitals across the region monitors its labour and delivery units for the birth of New Year’s babies.

“It gets such an enduring and adorable symbol for the New Year with the birth of newborn babies in our hospitals. The beginning of each year holds this symbolic promise of hope and new opportunities. My best wishes to families of the new born and wish them for a safe and a rewarding life ahead.”, said Michael Davis, CEO of NMC Healthcare.

The New Year Babies

New Year's Eve superstitions and traditions have been around a long time. From cheering as the ball drops to the best movies to watch while ringing in the New Year and captions for your inevitable Champagne-toasted social media selfies, we celebrate the dawning of each new calendar year in modern, sometimes whimsical, sometimes downright cynical, ways. But one New Year's image is enduring: that of a new baby, sometimes donning a top hat and sash.

How it all started

Baby New Year has been in existence since roughly 600 B.C. and came about originally in ancient Greece. Every year, the Greeks celebrated Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility, and this celebration would include parading a baby through the streets in a basket, which represented Dionysus's birth. A baby was also used in Egypt to represent the birth of a new year and the passing of an old one. Since the 14th century, Germans celebrated the Baby New Year and, with their immigration to North America, the tradition continued to spread.

NMC too celebrated the new year with a warm welcome to the new year babies.

Baby boy Kion, a second child to his Indian parents Elsa Kurian, a nurse Covid warrior at NMC Royal Hospital Khalifa city, Abu Dhabi and Thomas Alexander, working at Zayed Military Hospital was born at just the stroke of midnight. Perhaps the first baby born in the UAE came to the family of Covid warriors.

Dr. Sunita Gupta, Specialist Obstetrics and Gynecologist at NMC Specialty Hospital, Abu Dhabi who delivered baby Kion through normal delivery at 2.99 kgs, said, “I am Feeling delighted and proud on delivering perhaps the first baby of 2022 here. May God bless baby Kion and his family with lots of happiness and joy.”

Elsewhere at NMC Speciality Hospital at Al Ain, baby Mohammed Muhaibullah was born to his Pakistani parents Ayesha Imran Zubai - a home maker and his goldsmith father - Imran Zubair liaqat Ali. Baby Mohammed was born through normal delivery at weighed 3.9 kgs at 42 mins past midnight. The baby came in their lives after 8 years of marriage.

Dr. Sheeba Binoj, Specialist, Obstetrics & Gynaecology at NMC Specialty Hospital, Al Ain, said, “The Patient was a high risk patient, came to the hospital on 30th of December even though the expected date of delivery was on 3rd of January 2022. It was a vacuum assisted delivery at 00.42 am on 01/01/2022 and it's a healthy baby weighing almost 4 kg, 3.9 kg to be specific. Now mom and the baby is fine and happy. It’s their 1st baby after waiting for 8 years.”

In the same hospital, baby girl Sienna Catherine Jis came into the lives of Neethu Augustine – another covid warrior and Jis Thomas working at Al Ain Mall. This is the first child to the Indian couple.

She was also delivered by Dr. Sheeba Binoj but this time it was via Cesarean section and weighing 2.65 kgs at 6 am. 

At NMC Royal Hospital, Sharjah, the new borns brought smiles all over in the hospital as the labour delivery rooms kept most of the staff happily busy.

Baby girl Riyah, the third child to her parents Mohideen Fathima Rishana Shah and Shahul Hameed SM – an engineer by profession came four minutes into the new year at 12:04 am.

Dr. Selvakumari N, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynaecology who delivered Riyah through Emergency C-Section weighed the child at 3.03 Kgs, said, by the grace of the Almighty, we had a successful emergency delivery and a beautiful baby girl was born. Both the mother & child are well. May God bless them."

In a different delivery room at NMC Royal Hospital, Sharjah, the newborn-team of nurses and neonatologists were getting busy to deliver twins as the twin sisters Seela & Seleen came into this beautiful world at 1.37 am & 1.58 am, respectively.

The Egyptian parents Nada Eid Mohamed and Mohamed Said ElKhadoary were truly ecstatic and said, “We are grateful to Allah for this truly blessed day.”

Dr. Ashraf Moawad, Consultant Obstetrics & Gynaecology and IVF and Dr. Mohamed Fadi, Specialist, Obstetrics & Gynaecology, who delivered the baby angels via emergency C Section said, “Although the little girls weigh 2.3 kg and 1.6 kg respectively yet they are doing good and both the mother & child are well. May God bless them."


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