Christmas babies at the James Paget Hospital in Gorleston

Mums and dads to be got the best presents they could imagine as their babies were born on Christmas Day.

Smiles could be seen all around the delivery suite at the James Paget Hospital (JPH) as festive tunes played on the radio and new families enjoyed quality time together.

Jessica Levett, 24 of Sussex Road, Lowestoft is the proud mother of Noah, who was the first baby to be born at the JPH on December 25.

He was born at 1.58am but had been due on December 18, and dental nurse Jessica was taken by surprise when she went into labour on Christmas Eve.

Her partner Tom Teuns, 28, rushed Jessica to the JPH at 5.50am on December 24, and says he is over the moon to be a father.

'I'm a bit blown away by it,' the support worker said. 'We already knew he was going to be a boy so we bought him lots of presents.'

Tom's parents, who live in Holland, are flying in to see their new grandson in January.

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Noah weighed in at 9lb 6oz and his mother is overjoyed.

'It's all surreal at the moment, and I'm delighted,' said Jessica. 'He's my first born. His name was a choice between Noah and Eli, and my partner decided on Noah in the end.'

And parents all agreed that while they had not planned to spend Christmas in hospital, they would not change it for the world.

Claire Borrett, 21 of Bradfield Drive, Martham, welcomed baby Lilah into the world at 10.53am.

She had not been due until January 13 and weighed 5lb 8oz.

'It was a surprise when I was rushed in,' said Claire, who works at the JPH. 'Lilah's been very well behaved and been sleeping.'

Claire and her partner Leo Pearson are taking Lilah to Leo's parent's house to celebrate the rest of the festive period.

Claire's best friend Tammy Myhill, 21 of Norwich, was with Claire while she was in labour.

'We're all in shock as it happened so quickly,' she said. 'It's amazing and Lilah's gorgeous.'

Hannah Norman, 24 of Leach Close, Bradwell was celebrating her first born Charlie, who weighed in at 9lb 10z when he was born at 4.20am.

The domestic worker and her partner Andrew King, 25, who is a scaffolder, had not known when Charlie would arrive and he was overdue.

'It's lovely to have Charlie,' said Hannah. 'He's been really good and quiet so far but I'm sure that will change.'

She had not known the gender of her baby before he was born, so her partner plans to go shopping for gifts now they know to buy blue and not pink.

A total of four babies were born at the JPH on Christmas Day at the time of writing.

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