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Born on the first day of the new year

First baby born at Hervey Bay Hospital on January 1 2015- Summer Rose Whitfield with her doting parents Jazmin Wood and Madison Whitfield. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle
First baby born at Hervey Bay Hospital on January 1 2015- Summer Rose Whitfield with her doting parents Jazmin Wood and Madison Whitfield. Photo: Robyne Cuerel / Fraser Coast Chronicle Robyne Cuerel

A HEALTHY baby girl born at 12.50am took the cake as the Fraser Coast's first baby in 2015.

Summer Rose Whitfield timed her arrival perfectly.

Hervey Bay first-time mum Jazmin Wood said she was delighted her little girl would have such a memorable birthday each year.

"We wanted her to come today," Ms Wood said.

Dad Madison Whitfield said the excitement started 10am on New Year's Eve when the birth "got serious."

"It's pretty amazing she's finally here," he said.

"It'll be good to be young parents - we'll always be young enough to chase after her."

Hervey Bay newborn Everleigh Ledgard-Thompson had a memorable start to life too.

The baby girl arrived care of an emergency roadside delivery in the back of an ambulance on New Year's Eve.

Mother Elizabeth Ledgard said Everleigh arrived before the ambulance had left her home suburb of Point Vernon.

"It all happened so quickly - even my partner missed her birth," she said.

"When the doors of the ambulance opened at the hospital, I remember feeling so relieved he was there waiting for me."

That was the moment when James Thomson met his new daughter for the first time.

Ms Ledgard said she would never forget the terrific start to 2015 with ambulance sirens, fireworks, her screaming and the soft cry of her newborn baby.

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