The first baby of 2019 for Emory University Hospital Midtown arrived within seconds of the new year.
Asiya was born at 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1. She is 4 pounds and 5 ounces and "doing well."
Her mother and father, Fatema and Afsar, said they are happy to have a baby girl born on Jan. 1 because her birthday will be celebrated with fireworks every year.
At the same time, the first baby at Northside Hospital Atlanta was born.
Naya Christy Maalouf arrived at 12:01 a.m. She was 7 pounds and 2 ounces. Her parents Pamela Mansour and Charbel Maalouf are from Johns Creek.
At 1:39 a.m., the first 2019 baby for Emory Johns Creek Hospital was born.
Josiah weighed 9 pounds and 2 ounces. He was born four days after his due date.
His parents, Denae and Gary, said it was a good surprise to have him ring in the new year. Josiah has an older sister, Leilah.
The first baby of 2019 for Gwinnett Medical Center was delivered two hours later.
McKenzee Burdett was born at 2:07 a.m. She weighed 5 pounds and 8 ounces at 18.5 inches long.
Her mother, Melissa Eddins, was due to deliver Jan. 26. However, when her contractions began and stopped on Dec. 30, she checked into the hospital.
Eddins' water broke at 10:45 p.m. on New Year's Eve. After 36 weeks and 3 days of pregnancy, McKenzee was born.
According to a representative for Gwinnett Medical Center, McKenzee's grandma Shirley Eddins was hoping for a New Year's Day birth because that was her birthday as well.
Her father is Andra Burdett. The family lives in Conyers.
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