Sutter Delivers on New Year’s, Including West Coast’s First Baby of 2019
ROSEVILLE — The first baby born in 2019 on the West Coast was delivered just eight seconds after midnight at Sutter Roseville Medical Center. Alan Armenta was born at 8 pounds, 15 ounces to Patricia Romero and Juan Armenta of Elk Grove right at midnight. This is a rare achievement, as the odds are that only about a half-dozen babies would be born during the first minute of any day in the U.S.
Alan was the first of dozens of babies born on New Year’s Day at Sutter hospitals. Every year, Sutter Health’s birth specialists help deliver more than 40,000 babies across Northern California – and every year, a good handful of those babies arrive in the wee hours of Jan. 1, making them the first babies of the year in their communities.
Delivering little Alan was Sutter Medical Group’s Amy Riley, M.D., who was called just 20 minutes before midnight for the delivery, and baby Alan entered the world very quickly after that.
“You can’t predict it. Sometimes moms push one time, and sometimes moms push for two hours,” Dr. Riley said. “So Patricia pushed one time and out he came, just seconds after midnight.”
At that point, the staff cheered, put on New Year’s party hats and served sparkling cider to the new parents. In addition, the staff gave the family a gift basket – actually an infant bathtub full of goodies for the baby, including blankets, washcloths, bath soap, lotion and other baby care essentials.
While Dad was mostly happy that Mom and Alan were perfectly healthy, Patricia said she was excited to have a New Year’s baby.
“He got lucky,” Patricia said. “We all did.”
Here are a few more of Sutter’s 2019 New Year’s babies:
- Sutter Delta Medical Center welcomed 2019’s first baby in the East Bay. Arriving at 12:26 a.m., Eros Garcia arrived at 12:26 a.m. and is a healthy 8-pound, 11-ounce baby measuring 21 inches long. He is the fourth baby born to Elian Robles and Alejandro Garcia.
- Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s first baby of the New Year was Amore Milani McZeek, born at 2:14 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 8 ounces. Her mother is Patrice McZeek. Sutter Medical Center had 16 babies born on Jan. 1.
- The first baby of 2019 at California Pacific Medical Center’s Mission Bernal Campus was a 6-pound, 6-ounce girl born at 12:52 a.m. to Nidia Chan. This is her first child.
- Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital announced that its the first baby of the New Year was a boy who arrived at 6:02 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 14.9 ounces and measured 21 inches long. He is the third child born to Kristen and Tyler Eliff of Windsor.
- Sutter Lakeside Hospital celebrated its first baby of the New Year, born at 2:06 a.m. Baby boy Elias Mora weighed in at 8 pounds, 9 ounces and was 19 inches long. His family lives Clearlake, and parents Carina and Gregorio are also parents of older siblings Jazmin, Mayeli, Isaiah, Pablo and Abraham.
- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center‘s first baby of 2019 was DeMaree Christian, a son born to Letta Christian at 4:53 a.m. Jan. 1. He weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces.