A baby boy who arrived at just four seconds after midnight at a Dublin hospital on January 1 is the first New Year’s baby of 2021.
Brody McWilliams Brown was delivered at The National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street moments after the clock struck twelve.
Her parents Jennifer McWilliams and Eric Brown, from Sallynoggin, are over the moon with the news of his newfound fame. Jennifer tested positive for Covid-19 shortly before giving birth.
She said: “I had no clue until I was induced that he might be one of the first. A few comments were made [by hospital staff] just laughing about it but we didn’t actually think that he’d be the first.”
Prof Shane Higgins, Master at The National Maternity Hospital said: “I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jennifer on the birth of her first baby, Brody.
“We would also like to thank her for alerting us to her positive result prior to coming to the hospital and working with our staff in ensuring a safe outcome for all.
“I would once again like to thank all our staff for their professionalism, dedication and empathy throughout the pandemic. It’s ironic that the first baby born in 2021 at The NMH is to a Covid positive Mum.
“We encourage patients to remain vigilant and to continue to adhere to Government guidelines, whilst we await the rollout of the vaccine. We wish all our patients and family a healthy and Happy New Year.”
Other early 2021 births were celebrated in The Coombe and The Rotunda. A UNICEF report predicts that the 157 Irish babies expected to be born on January 1, 2021 will have a life expectancy of 105 years of age.