Update: Riverhead boy is hospital’s first baby of the new year

01/01/2018 10:33 AM |

When in labor, it’s fairly safe to say most expecting mothers want the pushing to end as quickly as possible, bringing to a close nine months of waiting. In the early morning hours of New Year’s Day, however, there’s also a race to deliver the year’s first baby. 

In 2018, that distinction at Stony Brook University belongs to a Riverhead family.

The hospital’s first baby, born at 1:05 a.m., is Hayden Garcia of Riverhead. Weighing 7 pounds and 2 ounces, he was born to parents Angelina Felix and Isai Zane Garcia at Stony Brook University Hospital.

Hayden was delivered by midwife Pamela Koch, according to the Stony Brook Medicine media relations department.

He was born two minutes after the county’s first baby, born at St. Charles Hospital.

Correction: It was previously reported that Hayden was Suffolk’s first baby of the new year. We later learned of another child born two minutes earlier at St. Charles Hospital. We regret the oversight.

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