The first babies to be born on Christmas Day and New Yearâ€™s Day are given presents by midwives to celebrate their arrivals.
taff at Kingâ€™s College Hospital in south east London said they celebrate every baby that is born in their wards but the youngsters that are born on December 25 or January 1 are â€œspecial.â€
In the lead-up to Christmas, each ward in the hospital erects and decorates a Christmas tree to get into the spirit of the season.
In the labour and postnatal wards, staff also wear festive trinkets to mark the occasion, such as antlers on their heads.
Tracey MacCormack, director of midwifery at Kingâ€™s College Hospital, said around 300 to 350 babies are delivered at the ward each month and the figure tends to remain the same in December and January.
She told the PA news agency: â€œLast week was busier than this week.
â€œWho knows with maternity partners?
â€œIt goes in peaks and troughs.
â€œWe have the same amount of people that we generally have around this time expected to deliver.
â€œWomen and birth people are keen to go home if theyâ€™ve delivered on Christmas Day because obviously they want to go back and be with their families.
â€œFrom a staffing perspective, for us itâ€™s a joy to deliver a baby at any time.
â€œItâ€™s lovely to have a Christmas Day baby, itâ€™s really nice.â€
Work is also done to make sure that anyone who has coronavirus is cared for and protected but they are kept away from other people who are due to give birth.
Ms MacCormack said: â€œEverybody has a test when they come in and until we get the result, theyâ€™re classed as pending.
â€œWhen they get the result and if theyâ€™re positive, theyâ€™re looked after in a separate room, and we use all our PPE and barriers.
â€œWhen they go down to our postnatal ward, we do the same thing there, they are nursed in a side room.â€
Dereen Edema, a senior midwife at Kingâ€™s, said Christmas Day is a â€œbeautiful dayâ€ and those on shift celebrate the births with their patients and their families.
â€œThe first baby that is born, we get together, we clap, we celebrate the baby and a gift is presented to that particular baby,â€ she said.
â€œBoth mum and the baby are given presents.
â€œSo the first baby that is born on Christmas and New Yearâ€™s Day, we celebrate them.
â€œWe celebrate all the babies but they are the special ones.
â€œWe give them pamper things and baby stuff, like shower gel and baby clothes.â€
Outlining what itâ€™s like for nurses to work on Christmas Day, she added: â€œItâ€™s just like any other day for us, but we wear things that are related to Christmas, not Christmas jumpers, but there are things we put on to highlight the festive period.
â€œWe also know that itâ€™s not always very busy on Christmas Day because most mothers want to be at home, so we just celebrate it in our own way by bringing food in.â€
Kate Amy, a labour ward midwife, added: â€œI really love working at Christmas.
â€œItâ€™s always a really happy and festive time of year.
â€œObviously it can be a shame to be away from your families at the festive time, but for me, I really love my job, so itâ€™s really lovely to be here.
â€œI think thereâ€™s a lot of talk about people who have due dates on or around Christmas time, people often say to them when theyâ€™re pregnant â€˜Oh we hope you donâ€™t have a Christmas babyâ€™ but often people are just happy to meet their baby whenever that may be.â€