First time parents Karishma and Harwinder Singh welcomed son Anshvir at just 43 minutes after midnight on New Year’s Day.
He was the first baby born in 2020, marking a new decade as well as a new year, at Queen’s Hospital, run by Barking, Havering and Redbridge Univeristy Hospitals NHS Trust.
Anshvir had been due to be born on his dad’s 31st birthday, 30 December, instead making his entrance by c-section two days later after Karishma was induced on her due date.
The 26-year-old said: “It was really special to have him on New Year’s Day, and that he was the first baby of the decade born at Queen’s Hospital. He’s our first baby and it was the best feeling in the world.”
The family, of Pedley Road, Goodmayes, took their new son home on Friday January 3.
New Year’s Day was a busy day for births at the hospital, with 23 babies coming into the world, topping the 17 who were born the week before on Christmas Day.