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Sunday, January 01, 2017

First GTA baby of 2017 said to be born at the stroke of midnight

Mississauga Hospital claims the GTA’s first birth of the year, at exactly 12 a.m. A Markham hospital is in second place, with its first 2017 baby arriving at one second past midnight.

Mississauga Hospital on the Queensway has claimed the new year’s first birth, saying Alan Wang, a baby boy weighing about seven pounds 10 ounces, arrived at exactly 12 a.m. on Jan. 1.

“I was worried because he’s so small,” Longzhu Wang said.

This is her first baby.

Although a little tired, both mother and son are healthy and doing well, said Trillium Health Partners, which runs the hospital.

The mother’s due date was Dec. 21.

Labour began around 11 p.m.

Jeanine Pamintuan, who is working with the Wangs, has been a registered nurse practitioner for 20 years, and this is her first new year’s baby.

“Are you sure it is 12:00:00?” Pamintuan said she asked the doctors.

Birth time is determined when the baby crowns and the head is pushed out, she said.

At Markham Stouffville Hospital, Robert Leclair came into the world at 12:00:01 a.m., just one secondinto the New Year, yet could not claim the honours as 2017’s first arrival.

Markham Stouffville hospital spokesperson Lisa Joyce said when she called up the hospital around 11:30 p.m., medical staff told her it wasn’t likely the baby would arrive soon.

“And then I called back, about (12:10 a.m.), and they were like: ‘Oh my God! You’re not going to believe what happened,” said Joyce.

Hospital staff have not confirmed young Leclair’s weight, but his arrival left hospital staff in good spirits.

Markham-Stouffville claimed the first baby of 2016 with the birth of Avery Laswick, the daughter of Ashley and Ryan Laswick. Avery was delivered there just three seconds after midnight.

Michael Garron Hospital in East York reported their first birth of the year as being at 12:04 a.m.

Meanwhile, the Scarborough Hospital welcomed its first 2017 baby at 1:47 a.m.

The Durham region’s first 2017 baby reportedly arrived at 4:09 a.m. Nathan James Wizzard, who weighs six pounds 13 ounces, was delivered at Lakeridge Health’s Ajax-Pickering hospital.

According to hospital spokeswoman Lindsay Cochrane, Wizzard’s proud parents, Mark and Anna, received a special celebratory basket to mark the occasion.

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