First baby of 2021 born in the NMH

Mum diagnosed with COVID before Christmas
  • Deborah Condon

The first baby of 2021 was born in the National Maternity Hospital (NMH) in Dublin at four seconds past midnight.

Brody McWilliams Brown, who weighed 7lbs and 10oz, was born to Jennifer McWilliams. Ms McWilliams was diagnosed with COVID-19 on December 22 and she alerted the hospital of this prior to her arrival.

As a result, all protocols were followed to ensure the safe care of both mother and baby.

According to Ms McWilliams, Brody "surprised us by coming early".

"It is a fantastic start to the New Year. We cannot believe that he is the first baby born in Ireland in 2021. I would like to thank all the staff at the National Maternity Hospital who have just been brilliant and have taken the best care of both Brody and I despite me having COVID19," she said.

Prof Shane Higgins, Master at the NMH, thanked Ms McWilliams for alerting the hospital about her COVID diagnosis prior to her arrival "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, while we await the rollout of the vaccine. We wish all our patients and family a healthy and Happy New Year," Prof Higgins said.

*Pictured is Ireland's first baby of 2021, Brody McWilliams Brown


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