Romford family blessed by New Year baby

PUBLISHED: 10:00 09 January 2016

New Year baby Emmanuel with Mum Abimbola, Dad Bartholomew and brother Daniel Akintade

New Year baby Emmanuel with Mum Abimbola, Dad Bartholomew and brother Daniel Akintade


New Year’s Eve is typically a time for celebrations and champagne. But one couple from Romford had an extra special reason to celebrate the start of 2016 on January 1.

Abimbola and Bartholomew Akintade had a New Year’s Day to remember after their son Emmanuel Oluwatobiloba was born two days early.

Emmanuel was born at 18.12pm on January 1, weighing 7lb 7oz (3.525kg) at Queen’s Hospital Birth Centre, Rom Valley Way, Romford.

Abimbola said she was delighted he was born on such an important day.

She said: “I feel as though he’s been blessed by arriving in the new year like this. He was meant to be born on the third but he was very keen to arrive.

“My labour was very quick, even the midwife commented that he was keen to get out. I think the whole thing took less than two-and-a-half hours!”

In 2015, 230 babies in the UK were named Emmanuel, compared to 2006, when 286 children were given the name.

Abimbola said it was very carefully chosen.

She said: “We felt like we were meant to name him Emmanuel through a message from God, so him being born on New Year’s Day makes that even more exciting.

“It’s very important to have a strong name.”

Now the family are settled back at home in London Road, and say Emmanuel is the perfect addition.

Abimbola said her 14-month-old Daniel son was delighted by the latest addition to the family.

“He was excited to get a new baby brother.

“Emmanuel is very healthy and quiet, which is a blessing. He sleeps, eats and doesn’t cry much or make much fuss, much like his older brother.

“We are very happy to be home.”

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