Meet the first babies born in Hull in 2018


It took less than two hours of the New Year for Hull to celebrate its first newcomers, as 2018 got underway with a bang for some families in the city.

The fireworks had no sooner stopped when the Mitchell family had something to celebrate as they welcomed in the New Year.

Weighing 6lb 15oz, George Eric Mitchell was the first baby to see in 2018 at the Women and Children’s Hospital at Hull Royal Infirmary, at 1.55am.

Sitting alongside husband, Liam, George’s mum, Lucy, said: “It’s like he is a little celebrity.

“I never thought this was going to happen.”

George, who was three weeks early, is the couple’s first child together. He is Lucy’s first, while Liam has another daughter.

Also taking a starring role at the start of 2018 was baby Jacob John Stocker.

He was the second baby to be born in the hospital since the turn of the year, to mum, Charline Longden, and dad, David Stocker.

Speaking about the birth of his first son, Mr Stocker, who also works at Hull Royal, said: “It means the world to me. It’s everything I could’ve asked for.”

Jacob was born on his due date at 6.06am, weighing 5lb 15oz and is already having to get used to the limelight, posing for photographs with his dad and the midwifes who helped to deliver him.

His mum, Charline, praised her third child’s swift arrival. She said: “It was quick.

“I didn’t even make it to the labour ward. It took six minutes!

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Four babies had been born within the first seven hours of the year in the hospital, making it a relatively quiet start for the midwives at the Anlaby Road site.


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