Alianna starts new year early

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Sleeping softly... Fed and cuddled, new-born Alianna Henderson naps in her mum Katrina's arms. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH

A MIDNIGHT helicopter ride to hospital was not how Queenstown woman Katrina Henderson thought her New Year’s Eve would go.

Sat at the dinner table with family, her waters broke at 8.30pm on Tuesday, she said. The problem was, her second child was not due for another month.

Photo: Laura Smith

Instead, she became the first baby to be born in Southland Hospital this year.

Little Alianna was considered premature and the decision was made to fly her mum to Southland Hospital so she could give birth.

On her way, Ms Henderson experienced the New Year’s fireworks from above, she said.

Partner Matt Henderson was concerned he would not make it in time for the arrival of the newest member of the family drive from Queenstown to Invercargill while his wife flew.

“He had to drive a bit of a nervous drive. I was worried he wouldn’t make it, but he did.”

Their daughter was born at 2.30am on New Year’s Day, and is little sister to 3-year-old Eli.

Despite the dramatic entry into the world, Alianna was doing well, Ms Henderson said.

“She’s been amazing, apart from when she needs her nappy changed. She hates that.”

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