Not even going into labour gets in the way of last-minute dash to the shops!
MOST women in labour would want to go straight to hospital – but Melanie Watts decided to rush to the shops instead before giving birth to "the best Christmas present in the world".
The 42-year-old, who welcomed Rifaro into the world yesterday, was not expecting her sixth child to arrive quite so early.
She had been due to give birth on January 7 and, when her contractions started on Monday afternoon, managed to fit in some last-minute Christmas shopping.
She said: "The labour was really OK. I started getting contractions at about 5.30 on the afternoon of Christmas Eve. I was really surprised!
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"But I still managed to rush into town while I was having contractions to buy some Christmas presents."
Her 5lb 6oz baby was born just before 3am on Christmas Day – one of at least 10 born at Royal Derby Hospital yesterday – and she had two birth partners, husband Eric and sister Janice Jones.
Melanie, of Marlborough Street, Allenton, said: "My other five births have been quite good too so I was glad this went without a problem.
"He seems like a very calm little boy. My other kids are really excited to meet him."
Melanie said her other children – aged between two and 20 – may get jealous because Rifaro will get double the number of presents on Christmas Day.
She said: "I plan to celebrate his birthday and Christmas on the same day so my other children might want to get as many presents as him!"