Best Christmas present ever for new Ballarat mums

THE Ballarat Base Hospital maternity ward was busy today with the arrival of two new Christmas babies.

First-time mother Lainey Curr gave birth to her bundle of joy Willow at 6.44am after heading to the hospital late on Christmas Eve.

Ms Curr said she hadn't made any concrete Christmas Day plans with baby Willow due on December 23.

"Everyone was working their way around us," she said.

"It's definitely the best Christmas present ever."

New mother Mel Van Der Hoven also gave birth to baby Rory at 8.20am this morning after a 17-hour labour.

Since little Rory was due on December 20, Ms Van Der Hoven and her partner Heath Anderson also decided not to make any firm plans for Christmas.

"We've already told our family they are going to have to cancel Christmas every year because it's Rory's birthday," Ms Van Der Hoven said.

"It's very exciting. You can't really ask for a better Christmas present."

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