The baby came seven days late but when she finally arrived on Christmas morning, her mother Candice Baptiste decided to call her Melody.
Baby Melody was one of four babies born on Christmas Day at the San Fernando General Hospital.
In an interview, Baptiste said her labour lasted for two days so when she finally brought Melody safely out, she was ecstatic.
“I came in on Sunday night because the baby was supposed to be here a week ago. I feel relieved that she is OK and I look forward to going home,” Baptiste said.
Another proud mother, Rena Ramsaroop, who works at the Ministry of Health, said she too was happy to have a Christmas baby.
Ramsaroop got a surprise visit from her husband Rajesh Ramdass and older daughter Karissa. Ramdass said he was proud to have a second daughter.
“We really feel happy. This made Christmas special for us,” Ramdass added.
Ramsaroop said she did not know the sex of her baby until she saw her for the first time.
“It was a surprise for us. We have lots of girl stuff for her,” Ramsaroop said.
Chief Executive Officer of the Southwest Regional Health Authority Keith Mc Donald distributed hampers to all the mothers on the ward, two of whom requested anonymity.
Reporter: Radhica Sookraj