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First national day baby this year born at Mt Alvernia Hospital

Madam Sakilah Begum Majid Zinna, 25, with her newborn baby girl, Nur Insyirah Sharlyn Mohammad Isham, at Raffles Hospital. Madam Sakilah gave birth exactly at midnight on Aug 9, 2009, making the baby girl a national day Baby. -- WANBAO FILE PHOTO
Madam Sakilah Begum Majid Zinna, 25, with her newborn baby girl, Nur Insyirah Sharlyn Mohammad Isham, at Raffles Hospital. Madam Sakilah gave birth exactly at midnight on Aug 9, 2009, making the baby girl a national day Baby. -- WANBAO FILE PHOTO
Housewife Surina Abdul Rahim, 30, had another national day baby when she gave birth to son Heszreeq just after midnight on Aug 9, 2010. With her is her older son, Ameerul Muqmee, who was born on National Day in 2007. -- WANBAO FILE PHOTO
Housewife Surina Abdul Rahim, 30, had another national day baby when she gave birth to son Heszreeq just after midnight on Aug 9, 2010. With her is her older son, Ameerul Muqmee, who was born on National Day in 2007. -- WANBAO FILE PHOTO
Engineer Ahmad Mahmood, 28, and his wife, teacher Nur Irdina, 27, with their daughter Naila Irdina. Naila was the first baby girl born on National Day in 2011, after she was delivered at midnight at Raffles Hospital on Aug 9, 2011. -- FILE PHOTO: SHI
Engineer Ahmad Mahmood, 28, and his wife, teacher Nur Irdina, 27, with their daughter Naila Irdina. Naila was the first baby girl born on National Day in 2011, after she was delivered at midnight at Raffles Hospital on Aug 9, 2011. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN
Mr Toh Ho Beng, 41, and his wife, Madam Tan Bee Geok, 39, with their son Augustine, who was born just seconds after midnight at Mt Alvernia Hospital on Aug 9, 2011. -- MY PAPER FILE PHOTO: LOW MINMIN
Mr Toh Ho Beng, 41, and his wife, Madam Tan Bee Geok, 39, with their son Augustine, who was born just seconds after midnight at Mt Alvernia Hospital on Aug 9, 2011. -- MY PAPER FILE PHOTO: LOW MINMIN
Elysia was born two minutes past midnight on Aug 9, 2012. She was one of three National Day babies, born within minutes of each other. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN
Elysia was born two minutes past midnight on Aug 9, 2012. She was one of three National Day babies, born within minutes of each other. -- FILE PHOTO: SHIN MIN
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH
Baby Cayden was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year. -- MY PAPER PHOTO: JAMIE KOH

Talk about perfect timing: Baby Cayden New came into the world at exactly midnight, making him Singapore's first national day baby this year.

The 2.7 kg bundle of joy was born at Mount Alvernia Hospital, after a five-hour natural birth.

His early arrival, 15 days before his due date on August 24, surprised his parents, housewife Katherine Tan, 37, and electronics distributor Gavin New, 38.

He has an older brother, seven-year-old Brandon New.

Ms Tan was admitted to the hospital at 6pm on Thursday for high-blood pressure, but contractions started soon after.

Baby Cayden arrived right on the dot at 00:00:00.

"We never expected him to be the first baby out. It's great. Everyone will be celebrating national day and my son's birthday at the same time," said Mr New. "It's kind of special."

"I guess I'll have no excuse not to remember his birthday," he added, with a chuckle.

The couple received a hamper with goodies for the mother, including fortified cereal and milk powder.

The first baby girl Annabella Ter was born at 12:10 am at Thomson Medical Centre. She weighs 3.2 kg.