Miami-Dade County

At stroke of midnight, South Florida’s first baby of 2015 is born

rpiccardo@MiamiHerald.com

The Women's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital delivered Addison Davila, the first New Year's baby in Miami-Dade County, at midnight on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2014.
The Women's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital delivered Addison Davila, the first New Year's baby in Miami-Dade County, at midnight on Thursday, Jan. 1, 2014. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

In a hospital delivery room, nurses cheered and clapped at midnight, shaking rattles for the first newborn of 2015 in South Florida.

“All hail the first baby of 2015,” read a sign on baby Addison Davila’s bassinet.

Arielle Larken, 23, and Daniel Davila, 28, welcomed their daughter Addison at midnight on New Year’s Day at the Women's Hospital at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

“Once it was 11:30 p.m., I didn’t think I’d make it. The epidural wasn’t working anymore because I was 10 centimeters dilated,” said Larken. “The nurses asked if I could hold it till midnight.”

While the rest of Miami-Dade County counted down for the new year with Pitbull broadcast on their screens, Davila was counting down to the birth of his daughter.

“She gave the final push at 11:59,” said Davila. “We timed it perfect.”

The young couple did not expect a New Year’s Day baby at all. Larken, who is of Cuban and Argentinian descent, was due on Sunday.

To her surprise, she started having contractions in the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, while Davila, who is from Colombia, was at work at South Motors BMW. He got the call and rushed to take his wife to the hospital.

Larken had a C-section with her 2-year-old son Alec, but this time decided to have a vaginal birth after cesarean, known as VBAC. Having natural labor after having had a C-section can put some women at risk of uterine rupture, and not all hospitals allow the practice, according to Jackson Memorial Hospital staff.

Larken’s family rushed over from Tampa, and her mother, who is a newborn photographer, made it in time to be with her daughter during the last 15 minutes of labor. At 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 19.2 inches long, Addison beat several other newborns around South Florida for the “first born” title — including a set of triplets born in South Miami Hospital at 12:45 a.m.

The first baby of the New Year in Broward County was Jaiden Young, who was born at 12:07 a.m. to Jamiel Young and Shaquesha Nonna at Plantation General Hospital. In Palm Beach County, Paul Holmes and Ashley Egnasher welcomed Zyhair Deshaun Holmes at 12:07 a.m. at Wellington Regional Medical Center.

Larken and baby Addison are expected to go home Saturday. Both parents think it’ll be interesting to celebrate each birthday along with a new year.

“Everyone is going to be celebrating her birthday,” said Davila. “It’s my first girl. Daddy’s little girl.”

Other New Year’s Day babies in Miami-Dade:

North Shore Medical Center announced a baby was born at 12:14 a.m.. Jackson North announced a baby was born at 12:38 a.m., Jackson South announced a baby was born at 1:50 a.m., Mount Sinai Medical Center reported the first baby of the New Year was born at the hospital at 6:40 a.m.

Other New Year’s Day babies in Broward:

Talaiyah Dodb was born at 1:54 a.m. at Broward Health Medical Center in Fort Lauderdale; Tabria Wadley was born 3:07 a.m. at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood to Jewel Thomas, of Fort Lauderdale; Montana Rose was born at 5:28 a.m. at Holy Cross Hospital to Mai and Brent Herrington of Pompano Beach; and Chloe Greene was born at 6:04 a.m. at Broward Health Coral Springs.

CBS4 and the Sun Sentinel contributed to this report.

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