TWO new parents were given the greatest of gifts this Christmas.

Jamie Marie Brown, of Hexham, and partner Regan Robinson, of Corbridge, welcomed their first child, Reign Michael Robinson, at 00.27am on Christmas morning.

Baby Reign, born 8lbs, was Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust's first Christmas Day baby at the Northumbria Specialist Emergency Care Hospital, Cramlington.

"Myself and Regan received the most amazing Christmas present anyone could ask for" said Jamie, a nurse at Hexham Hospital. "I had no idea Reign would be born Christmas Day! He was due January 3."

Jamie (24) was induced at 28 weeks after suffering gestational diabetes. Her planned induction date was Christmas Eve but her waters broke naturally.

She added: "My birthing experience was a lot better than I built myself up for; my labour was five hours in total and I managed only with gas and air which I was very surprised at."

The family are now all together at home and were even able to enjoy a Christmas dinner after being discharged from hospital Christmas Day teatime.

Jamie has praised her support system, including partner Regan (22), a joiner.

"I would like to thank my boyfriend Regan for being so supportive of me during my labour", she said. "I couldn’t of done it without him! He’s already the most amazing daddy.

"And also a big thank you to my mam Tanya for being there for the both of us during my delivery, we both really appreciate all her help and support she’s gave us over the last few months.

"I would also like to thank all the staff on shift at the birthing centre on Christmas Eve and a special thank you to my midwife Katy who was absolutely amazing, so reassuring. She looked after us so well and ensured a safe delivery of baby Reign."