THE arrival of the first Scottish baby of the new year is always an exciting time for parents and hospital staff. But it was a particularly poignant moment for Colleen and Edward Ogilvie.
The couple were left devastated in November, when Mrs Ogilvie lost one of the twins she had been expecting after developing complications.
But yesterday there was relief as the remaining baby – named Martin – arrived safely by Caesarean section at just one minute after midnight at St John’s Hospital in Livingston.
The infant – who weighed just 4lb 7.5oz – was also an early surprise for his parents, having not been expected until February.
The couple, who have been married for ten years, moved to Winchburgh in West Lothian from Edinburgh city centre when they decided to start a family.
Yesterday, first-time father Mr Ogilvie, 40, described how their quiet Hogmanay changed quickly into a trip to hospital amid worry about what was going to happen to their son.
He had just arrived home from a visit to his parents in Edinburgh when his wife alerted him to the imminent birth.
“Colleen was standing in the doorway of our house and she just said, ‘Don’t put the car away’,” he said. “We came in to the hospital at about 7:15pm. It was a bit touch and go, and then we were told he was going to be delivered.
“We’ve been in the hospital about five or six times recently, and the staff were just fantastic.”
Civil servant Mrs Ogilvie sadly lost one twin after suffering from placenta previa, a condition in which the placenta covers the opening of the womb.
Martin’s birth had originally been scheduled for 10 February, but was brought forward due to Mrs Ogilvie’s condition.
The 38-year-old said: “The decision to deliver him was made about 11:15pm. By the time everything was prepared it was 11:30pm, and we knew we were going to have our baby.
“Because of the contractions and the bleeding, I was really nervous. You never know how it’s going to go.”
Martin is believed to be the first baby born after the Bells in Scotland, with an official birth time of 12:01am.
Mrs Ogilvie said the couple would make sure their son knew about his birth: “It’s definitely a tale we’ll be telling Martin. I’m totally stunned. We weren’t expecting him to be so early.
“We are so thrilled and thankful that he’s here safe now.”
Mr Ogilvie added: “I’m more shocked than anything else.
“We were trying to get everything ready for his room and now he’s here. It still feels like a dream, because Colleen had been in and out of hospital.”
Other parents across Scotland were also celebrating the safe arrival of their babies yesterday.
At Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, 2014’s first baby was born at 4:34am. Felicity Chisholm, from Edinburgh, gave birth to Olivia, weighing 8lb 6.4oz.
In Aberdeen, Ayixia Mitilip’s as yet unnamed son was born at 2:45am, while Evelyn Imafidon-Jemine, 35, brought daughter Rolly into the world at 4:22am.
In Lanarkshire, Angela Wilson had a boy at 2:20am at Wishaw General Hospital.
The first baby of 2014 to arrive at Forth Valley Royal Hospital in Larbert was a boy born at 12:19am, weighing 7lb 5oz. He is the first child for Sandra and Christopher Stewart, from Redding, near Falkirk.
Staff and parents in the Ayrshire Maternity Unit at University Hospital Crosshouse also welcomed new year babies. Jacqueline Campbell, from Ayr, gave birth to 8lb 10oz daughter Olivia at 1:29am.
Debbie MacGhee, 26, and partner David Nelson, 27, who live in Dundonald, had a girl at 3:12am – their first child.
And at 6:48am, Coby McLeod was born to Lorna McLeod and Jack Grigor, of Ayr.