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N.C. hospitals welcome first babies of 2010

Posted January 1, 2010 1:05 p.m. EST
Updated October 12, 2011 9:50 a.m. EDT

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

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.