Atlanta’s first baby of 2018 arrives at stroke of midnight

The first baby born in metro Atlanta in 2018 arrived at midnight at Emory Midtown Hospital, the hospital said.

Baby Luca, a 6-pound, 11-ounce boy, came into the world at 12:00:00, according to Emory Healthcare spokeswoman Janet Christenbury.

She said the delivery room had a countdown to midnight, and Luca showed just as the countdown ended. The baby was due on Dec. 29 but arrived a couple of days late.

Christenbury said the hospital identifies newborns and their parents by first names only, for safety reasons. The parents were identified as Jillian and Antonio, no hometown given. Mother and child were said to be doing fine.

(Debate rages in some quarters about whether 12:00:00 constitutes the end or the beginning of the day, but Luca apparently had no challengers for first-arrival honors. Christenbury said Emory Johns Creek Hospital also welcomed a newborn, Stella, on Jan. 1, at 4:18 a.m.)

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