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N.C. hospitals welcome first babies of 2010

Posted January 1, 2010
Updated October 12, 2011

— At least five babies were born at hospitals across central and eastern North Carolina in the first hour of 2010.

N.C. greets batch of New Year's Day babies N.C. greets batch of New Year's Day babies

Fort Bragg boasts the first and second babies to be born in the WRAL viewing area in the new year. Womack Army Medical Center spokeswoman Joann Hooker said one baby was born was born at 12:05 a.m., and the second just a minute later.

At 12:40 a.m., Felicia Robinson at WakeMed in Raleigh delivered a boy weighing 6 pounds 1 ounce, a hospital official said. She named him Michael Tirado.

Seven minutes later, Anne and Reese Bell welcomed their daughter, Kylena, into the world at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. She weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces.

UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill's first birth occurred at 12:50 a.m., and Duke University Hospital's at 2:25 a.m.

Robinson said that Michael wasn't due for several weeks, and she was surprised when nurses were excited that her boy had been born first on New Year's Day.

"I was like, 'Are you serious?' I didn't know that would be a big deal," she said.

Robinson said the good thing about having a New Year's Day baby is that she'll never forget his birthday. Michael has two older brothers and an older sister.


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  • White Cross Jan 1, 2010

    Congratulations to all the New Years babies and their parents.
    I am "Mr. 1952",born at Watts Hospital in Durham.1/1/52

  • ladyblue Jan 1, 2010

    I had a new years baby 38 years ago at 1:02 california time............first forhte county

  • thought Jan 1, 2010

    yea, I heard the tax deduction thing every year! Now most people are too drunk to remember - but I laugh when they finally remember.
    I just get angry when people think I made the birthday up because a lot of illegals use this as their birthday.

  • godukebasketball Jan 1, 2010

    "Robinson said that Michael wasn't due for several weeks, and she was surprised when nurses told her that her boy had been born on New Year's Day."

    Was she surprised she just gave birth?

  • donewithecu Jan 1, 2010

    How rare is it for the same hospital have the first two births of the year!

  • justabovewater Jan 1, 2010

    I always love to hear of the first births of the year. Congratulations to all the families.

  • archmaker Jan 1, 2010

    a few minutes earlier and you could have been a 2009 tax deduction! happy birthday anyway!

  • thought Jan 1, 2010

    Happy Birthday. Glad to share a birthday with you!