Augusta Health, UVA Hospital Welcome First Babies of 2014

Posted: Updated: 1/1/2014 9:29:17 PM
Kyleigh Kyleigh
Isabella Nicole Isabella Nicole

The University of Virginia Medical Center and Augusta Health have officially delivered their first babies of the New Year.

A Culpeper couple's on-time baby delivery is bringing a New Year's Day title back to the University of Virginia. Isabella Nicole arrived to mother Tania Alcantar-Chaires and father Apolinar Puente at 2:34 Wednesday morning. At nearly 7 pounds, 3 ounces, Isabella Nicole is central Virginia's first baby of 2014.

She is also the first New Year baby delivered at UVA Medical Center in several years in a friendly competition with Martha Jefferson Hospital.

“There's no trophy,” said Carrie Barker, charge nurse at UVA’s mother and baby department. “We don't send each other flowers or anything. It's just pride for the year that you had the first one.”

Isabella Nicole is the couple's first child, and it took a while for her to arrive. Tania's water broke at 6 a.m. New Year's Eve - 20 hours before Isabella Nicole’s birth. But both mother and daughter are doing well Wednesday night.

Augusta County welcomed its first baby of the New Year just before 1:30 Wednesday morning.

Baby Kyleigh, who weighs in at 9 pounds, 4 ounces, is the daughter of one of Augusta Health's own nurses, Christie Tomlin. The new mom and daughter are doing well after seven hours of labor.

Friends and family were calling this one a long time ago.

"I mean everybody was like 'You're going to have the New Year baby - I just know it.' And I said, 'No! I don't know about that. She'll come when she wants to,' so I really thought she was going to come on Christmas, but that didn't happen,” Tomlin said.

A nurse that's a certified midwife delivered the Kyleigh. The new mother will take a break from working at Augusta Health for six to eight weeks.

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