Debbie delivers a mini 'baby boom'
NINE months on from Cyclone Debbie , the consequences of two weeks without power and internet are rearing their little heads.
For new mum Kathryn Cygan it was not until a scheduled eight-week ultrasound that the penny dropped surrounding the circumstances of her son's conception.
"When I found out how far along I was at eight weeks, we counted backwards and realised it lined up with Debbie arriving," she said.
"We had a bit of a laugh about it and it definitely lined up but I don't know if it was the actual night of the cyclone or whether it was just that week of having no power."
"It has been a running joke throughout the pregnancy."
Ms Cygan and her partner Rory Town are not alone in welcoming their little bundle of joy - Isaac James Town to the world a week early, on Christmas Day.
Clinical midwifery manager at the Proserpine Hospital, Ruth Roberts has described being "showered with special gifts during the festive season and welcomed the New Year with a baby blitz".
"We have had a very joyous festive season this year, 17 babies were born here from December 21 up until now," she said.
Within 24 hours between December 21 and 22, five babies were born, Ms Roberts said.
Two babies were born on Christmas Day and another two came into the world on Boxing Day. Three babies were born on New Year's Day and another five from January 2 until yesterday.
"We are very happy and excited to welcome babies at any time of the year, but Christmas is particularly special. It is all about the coming together of family - what symbolises this more than a newborn baby?
"The parents are more excited than usual and it does seem extra special. They said that it was the best Christmas present they could ask for," Ms Roberts said.
Hospital staff were in a festive mood wearing Christmas outfits, reindeer ears, sharing lunch together and celebrating the Christmas babies.
"We share the baby joy with the families. Mother and baby get little presents, chocolates and toys and we celebrate this special day together".
Ms Roberts attributed the birthing boom to Cyclone Debbie.
Only 5% of babies are born on their due dates, but baby Franky Blake Coby arrived on time and was born on New Year's Day to parents Brookelyn Shea and Simon Cody.
For a Proserpine family, an unexpected surprise came after Christmas lunch, en route to visit family down in Midge Point.
Mother Rosalie Maree Bundesen wasn't at all expecting an early or even on-time birth after her first child arrived six days late and thought the labour of her second child was Braxton hicks contractions.
Baby Grace Judith Miotto was born on Christmas night at Proserpine Hospital, eight days early weighing in at a healthy 3234g.
Ms Bundesen said baby Grace wasn't necessarily a planned addition to the family and a bit of a miracle baby: "the birth was better than the first and all natural with no drugs".
"I'd like to say thank you to all the staff at the maternity ward that worked over the Christmas and New year period," the happy mum said.
Proserpine Hospital staff work tirelessly all year round and the arrival of babies on Christmas and New Year's Day seemed to be no exception to their 365-day roster.
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