Thirty two babies were delivered by mid-day on New Year’s Day at the three major referral hospitals in Harare and Chitungwiza.

Nine babies were delivered through caesarean section while the rest were normal deliveries.

Clutching their newborn infants on their bosoms, mothers who delivered their babies on the first day of the year could only smile in appreciation of the gift of life.

By 12 noon today, Parirenyatwa and Harare hospitals had recorded 10 births each while Chitungwiza had recorded 12 births.

There were no twin sets or triplets recorded at the three hospitals by lunchtime this year.

Parirenyatwa Hospital Matron Stella Zinyemba said 10 babies were delivered at Mbuya Nehanda Maternity with the first baby delivered at just five minutes after midnight.

Every single life and every single child is a reward and blessing.

The four mothers who delivered through caesarean section at Parirenyatwa hospital could only thank God as they were assisted by doctors timeously averting any complications.

Relatives of the women who delivered at various hospitals paid tribute to doctors who attended to their relatives at a time of need.

Chitungwiza Central Hospital Matron-in-Charge Gilton Makaranga said they recorded 12 births, 9 being normal deliveries and three caesarian section deliveries.

At Harare Central Hospital, Matron in Charge, Miriam Pundu also confirmed 10 births comprising an equal number of boys and girls had been recorded at the maternity hospital.