Six babies born in Từ Dũ Hospital at midnight as Lunar New Year kicks off

February 05, 2019 - 16:00
Newborns were put in infant incubators before they were returned to their mothers. — Photo
Viet Nam News

HCM CITY — In just five minutes after the clock strikes midnight marking the start of the Year of the Pig, six newborns cried their first bout in succession at HCM City’s T Dũ Hospital.

T, a 37-year-old mother from the southern province of Đng Nai, estimated that the birth would occur during the first days of the new year but didn’t expect it to fall exactly on midnight, she said and gave a weary but relieved smile to her 3.1kg male infant, the fourth child she had.

She intended to name him Lê Minh Trí, with the last name carrying her wish for the child to possess wisdom aplenty, according to local news outlet VnExpress.

Lê Quang Thanh, director of the hospital, said five of the newborns were males and one was female.

Traditional Vietnamese belief is that those born in the year of pig would be blessed with a life of leisure and abundance so the number of expecting mothers is significantly higher than previous years, Thanh said.

Thirty five doctors and nurses were on duty at the obstetrics faculty, out of more than 270 stayed on last night at the hospital.

However, T Dũ doctors said that despite being away from home, this might be the rare faculty where their job and Tết duty are actually “a good time”, given how so many families welcome their ‘bundles of joy’ here during the special moments as the new year arrived. — VNS

A baby was being delivered at Từ Dũ Hospital to the delight of the mother and father. — Photo