Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

For Mom, 'A New Year, a New Son and a New Birthday Tradition'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

For Mom, 'A New Year, a New Son and a New Birthday Tradition'

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It took several hours after his mother's water broke for Dilan Orbe to be delivered, but the newborn's arrival at 12:35 a.m. Sunday made him the first-born baby in Bergen and Passaic counties in 2012.

"While I was in labor I was hoping he would be born in the new year," his mother, Melida Orbe, 19, of Hackensack said in Spanish. "Now we have a new year, a new son, and a new birthday tradition."

Dilan's due date was Jan. 9, but his mother said her water broke at 6 a.m. Saturday and she knew then that she could be ringing in the New Year with her son. She said she called her doctor, and then spent all morning at home before she headed to Hackensack University Medical Center.

After attempting to deliver naturally, Melida Orbe said doctors decided on a cesarean section. Dilan was born weighing 6 pounds, 4 ounces, and measuring 19 1/4 inches long. It is Melinda Orbe and her boyfriend Antonio Beltran's first baby.

"I feel really happy," Orbe said. "He's precious, and I love him dearly."

St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center in Paterson welcomed its first baby of the year -- a 2 pound, 9 ounce boy born at 30 weeks -- at 2:14 a.m., while Englewood Hospital and Medical Center delivered its first 2012 baby, a boy weighing 5 pounds 13 ounces, at 3:30 a.m.

Over at Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center in Secaucus, Gabino Agosta, who weighed 11 pounds, 4 ounces, became the hospital's first baby of the year when he was born at 4:40 a.m., only about an hour after his mother arrived at the hospital.

"We may not have gotten the first baby of the year, but we probably have the biggest," said Margaret Calzaretta, nurse manager at the hospital.

Gabino had a due date of Dec. 28, but his mother, Carrington Seymour of West Coxsackie, N.Y., said she thought delivery was a few more days away so she decided to spend the holiday with her fiance in Jersey City. She watched the Times Square ball drop on television, and then she headed to bed. …

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