First baby of 2020 born at Westmead Hospital

Guildford family celebrates: Dad Juned Ahson, 12-year-old twins Helen and Roxana and mum Anita Piatek welcomed the new addition to their family, Aalia Amelia Ahsan.

A baby girl named Aalia Amelia Ahsan has secured a place in history.

The bouncing bundle of joy is one of the first babies to be born in a NSW public hospital in 2020, coming into the world at 12.04am AEDT this morning.

Mother Anita Piatek said her 12-year-old twin girls were also born on a significant calendar date.

“My twin girls were born on Christmas Day and now Aalia was born on New Year’s Day,” Anita said.

“My husband’s birthday is on the same day as our wedding anniversary on 30 December – so the end of every year will be party time for our family.”

Westmead Hospital general manager Brett Thompson said both mother and baby are doing well. 

“We’re very excited to welcome one of NSW’s first babies of 2020,” Brett said.

This supermum is ready to take her precious baby home just hours after giving birth to Aalia.

“What a great way to start the new decade.

“Baby Aalia will be of many babies to be born at Westmead Hospital this year.

“Last year the hospital’s birthing unit, which is also the home of Australia’s first-ever TV series of One Born Every Minute, delivered more than 5,600 babies.”

The family will receive the NSW Government Baby Bundle, valued at $300, including essential items for new parents such as a sleeping bag, play and change mats, thermometers and a first aid kit.

Around 90,000 Baby Bundles have been distributed to NSW public and private hospitals, as well as direct to mothers and families at home, since its launch one year ago today.

The Baby Bundle is part of the NSW Government’s $157 million parenting package which includes more midwives and family health nurses, investment in testing and treatments for children’s diseases and practical and emotional support to parents.

The twins made this “happy baby” card for their new sister.

“We’ve had really positive feedback from the women who’ve taken home Baby Bundles after giving birth at Westmead Hospital,” Brett said.

“It’s great to be able to send mothers and families home with a bundle of help packed with essential items to assist as they begin life with their new bundle of joy.”

Parents receive the Baby Bundle before being discharged from hospital or after registering their child with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages in instances where the birth does not occur in a hospital.

The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion to recruit 8,300 extra frontline staff over the next four years, including an additional 5000 nurses and midwives.

For further information on the Baby Bundle contact: MOH-BabyBundles@health.nsw.gov.au

The World Health Organisation has declared 2020 as International Year of Nurses and Midwife. For further information click here