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3 midnight babies usher in National Day

Raffles Hospital, Mount Alvernia and Parkway East Hospital all welcomed babies born at midnight on Saturday (Aug 9).

SINGAPORE: Two Malay families and a Chinese couple celebrated National Day by welcoming their bundles of joy early Saturday (Aug 9) morning.

Kindergarten teacher Amirah Mazlan, 26, and her technician husband Fadzil Sultan had their baby boy - Akif Rifqy Fadzil - at the stroke of midnight. The baby, weighing in at 2.95 kilogrammes, was delivered at Raffles Hospital by Dr Jazlan Joosoph following a more than six-hour natural birth process.

Mr Fadzil said: "I never expected him to be a National Day baby. It is really special to me especially because he is our first child. As we celebrate our nation’s birthday, we celebrate my son’s too - it is very momentous."

About 20 seconds later, at Parkway East Hospital, another Malay couple - Muhammad Razis Abdul Nasir, 27, and Nur Suhaila Said, 25 - received their baby girl Natasha Nur Iman Mohammad Razis. The first-time parents, who are both lab technicians, received a milk-and-diaper hamper, said the hospital.

Logan Lim also helped usher National Day when he was delivered at midnight at Mount Alvernia Hospital. The 3.41-kg baby boy is the first for parents Brandon Lim, 37, and Emmeline Lee, 36.

“Being Singaporean, our precious boy will get to enjoy fireworks on his birthday every year,” Logan's father said.

Separately, celebrity couple Fann Wong and Christopher Lee announced in the evening that they too have a National Day baby, Zed.