December 25 didn't hold much significance for Border couple Ramandeep Kaur and Gaganpreet Sandhu.
That was until the birth of their son, Fateh Singh, their first child, on Christmas Day.
The Hindu couple don't celebrate Christmas, but the date will now hold a special place in their heart.
Fateh arrived at 6.51pm and weighed 3770 grams with both mother and baby in good health.
"We're excited but scared at the same time," Ms Kaur said.
Albury Wodonga Health director of midwifery and nursing, women's and children's services Julie Wright was pleased for the family.
"Christmas isn't a significant day for them (Ramandeep and Gaganpreet) but they were delighted to have their baby," she said.
"I think the staff were more excited for them, but they were very happy to share their story."
While Christmas Day may have been relatively straightforward for the midwives on site, it was anything but on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day.
Ms Wright revealed nine babies were born on December 24, while a further eight came on Boxing Day with two more women in labour last night.
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"Our average is normally about four or five babies a day, so to only have one on Christmas Day is amazing," she said.
"Women are amazing. I don't know if it's this mental thing of 'I've got to get through Christmas Day because I don't want to have my baby on Christmas Day' or not.
"And the people that have their baby on Christmas Day don't celebrate Christmas, so there's something quite odd about that.
"You just can't work it out. It's very interesting."
The joy for Ms Kaur and Mr Sandhu came as the Border prepared to round-off what at this time last year had been expected to be a baby boom for the Border.
In 2021, the maternity ward at Albury Wodonga Health received above average bookings from expectant mothers and welcomed 762 new residents in the first five months of the year - almost 100 more than the same period in 2020.
Just 667 babies were born in the first part of last year, while 696 were delivered in the first five months of both 2019 and 2018.
Ms Wright said the service delivered 13 babies in a single day on May 23 - a record for the hospital.
"There has been a notable increase in births, right across Victoria, since January 2021," she said.
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