MEREWETHER’S Danielle De Courcy was preparing for a New Year’s Eve barbecue at home with friends when she unexpectedly went into labour.
‘‘Friends were about to arrive, so my first thought was probably ‘I won’t be making a salad’,’’ Ms De Courcy, 26, said.
Baby girl Bonnie was the first child born in Newcastle in 2013.
She arrived at 3.17am in Newcastle Private Hospital.
Born a month premature, she was being cared for in a special nursery and was doing well.
Ms De Courcy’s fiance Nick Stanning said he would have a celebratory drink, especially after not drinking on New Year’s Eve.
‘‘Her water broke mid-afternoon, so I didn’t have a beer at all,’’ Mr Stanning, 31, said.
She is the couple’s first child and the first grandchild and great grandchild on both sides.
Bonnie’s grandmother Annette De Courcy said New Year’s Day was a good day to be born.
‘‘She’ll always have the day off on her birthday,’’ Mrs De Courcy, of The Hill, said.
Danielle De Courcy said she had not thought about the new year during labour.
‘‘It didn’t cross my mind until the manager came around and said ‘You’ve had the first baby of 2013’,’’ she said.