Western Sydney Wanderers star says it has to be Westmead

Wanderers assistant coach Labi Haliti and Karen Haliti hold their newborn daughter Era, with proud big sister Elsa watching on.

Proud parents Labinot and Karen Haliti have every reason to celebrate a Westmead Hospital hat-trick.

The North Rocks couple welcomed their third child, a daughter Era, last Thursday. Era’s big sister Elsa and brother Art were also born at Westmead.

Now an assistant coach at Western Sydney Wanderers, Labi was a forward in the club’s very first squad in 2012 and played 81 games in red and black.

Karen had a caesarean section and said she was amazed how good she was feeling just days after giving birth.

“Apart from the anaesthetist we had an all-female surgery team and everyone did a fantastic job. It was planned to a tee and went so smoothly,” Karen said.

“It was quite emotional holding my daughter for the first time. I definitely cried. I didn’t even notice she did a massive poo all over me! She definitely made an impression.”

The couple met in Newcastle when Labi was playing for the Jets, but when it came time for kids he insisted it had to be Westmead.

Speaking to local newspaper the Parramatta Advertiser, Karen admitted Era was a Boxing Day baby due on Australia’s most popular birthday: September 17.

The happy couple clearly didn’t mind waiting a few more days to welcome their third bundle of joy into the world.