THREE delighted mothers have spoken after giving birth on Christmas Day, with one saying their newborn is the "best Christmas present" they could ever ask for.

Angel Phillips, 22, from Highwoods, Colchester, gave birth to daughter Ellie Mary Rose Collins at 4.42am this morning in Colchester General Hospital.

But despite weighing a healthy 6lbs, the delivery of Angel and her partner Rory’s first child wasn’t without some complications

Halstead Gazette: Adorable Ellie Mary Rose CollinsAdorable Ellie Mary Rose Collins

After having a scan on Christmas Eve, Angel had to be induced as a result of adorable Ellie showing minimal movements.

Eventually, Angel’s waters broke at midnight and following five hours of painful labour, baby Ellie was born.

Halstead Gazette: Happy couple Angel Phillips and Rory with baby EllieHappy couple Angel Phillips and Rory with baby Ellie

The first time mum, who is now resting at home with her family, says her and Rory couldn’t be happier.

She said: "It is such a special day to bring life into the world.

"This is our first child we simply feel overjoyed and this is the best Christmas present we could ever ask for.

"I only had gas and air, so it was very painful, but worth it.

"What started with awkward timing, ended with a Christmas miracle."

Kerry-Anne Clarke, from Clacton, also welcomed a new baby on Christmas Day.

She was in labour for a staggering 48 hours, before having to have a Caesarean section. 

Weighing 7lb 14oz, cute Emily Rose Barrowcliffe, whose father is Craig, was eventually delivered at   4.23am.

Halstead Gazette: Cute Emily Rose Barrowcliffe Cute Emily Rose Barrowcliffe

Kerry-Anne, who has another daughter, Amber, 13, says the festive season will now hold an added significance. 

She said: "Giving birth on Christmas Day was initially something myself and my partner wanted to avoid.

"However, now little Emily is here, we feel Christmas will now be an extra special day each year."

Halstead Gazette: Baby Elsie-Rose Margaret ParsonsBaby Elsie-Rose Margaret Parsons

Katie Parsons, 34, from Stanway, Colchester, went into labour around 11.30am on Christmas Eve.

And just two hours later, at precisely 1.33am, she was given the greatest gift of all when baby Elsie-Rose Margaret Parsons -weighing 7lbs 8oz - was delivered on Christmas Day. 

Katie, a mother of three boys, now has her first daughter, and says her sons were thrilled to meet their new little sister. 

''To have given birth on Christmas Day was just magical - it was so special,'' she said. 

''I put my boys to bed with me being pregnant and they woke up to a new little sister. 

''They were over the moon. Myself, my partner, and my three boys are just so happy it is unreal. 

''It was such a magical day for all of us.''

At least one other baby was born at Colchester General Hospital on Christmas Day.