NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Hospitals across New York City rang in the new year by welcoming the city’s first babies of 2016.
At Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn, a baby boy named Zayden Noel was born exactly at midnight, hospital officials said. He weighed in at 7 pounds, 1 ounce and is the second child to mom Stephanie Diaz.
“I didn’t even realize the time, when it happened, and as soon as it did, we looked at the time and realized that he came exactly at 12 o’clock,” Diaz told WCBS 880’s Kelly Waldron.
Dad Paul Staley was moved to tears as he became a father for the second time.
“I was very surprised,” he said. “I cried actually, honestly. It was exciting for me.”
Both mom and baby are doing well.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens said they too had a baby born right at midnight. The 7 pound, 4 ounce baby boy was born to Daniella and Eli Malakov, Waldron reported.
As CBS2’s Scott Rapoport reported, LIJ even provided an in utero fetal tracking device showing that the Malakov’s son was born exactly at midnight.
“We’ve gotten very used to timing milliseconds because everybody is looking for that New Year’s baby,” Patricia Garofalo said.
Back at Coney Island Hospital they claim to have the same test, with the exact same results.
It actually appears that the result is a tie, with both mothers bringing their baby boys into the world at just the right time.
Lincoln Medical Center in the Bronx also welcomed a new baby shortly after midnight.
Mother Rosana Alvarez gave birth to a 6 pound, 4.9 ounce baby girl at 12:22 a.m., hospital officials said.
Baby and mother are both doing well.