Area hospitals welcome first babies born in 2023

Local parents rang in the new year with New Year’s Day babies.

Parents ushered in the new year with their New Year’s Day babies born Jan. 1, 2023, throughout the region, including a local mom who had been waiting few extra days for her newborn to arrive.

The first baby born at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton was baby Rankin at 3:59 a.m. Rankin was born to parents Jasmine Robinson and Albert Rankin of Dayton, who are still deciding on a name for the infant.

“I feel wonderful,” Robinson said Sunday morning. Robinson’s original due date for baby Rankin was Dec. 28, but Rankin held on for the new year. The early Sunday morning birth came as a happy surprise for the family.

Rankin was born weighing 8 pounds and 10 ounces. She has one brother, Josh, 13, along with two sisters, Alani, 5, and Alycia, 3.

At other area hospitals, the first baby of the new year in the Dayton area was born at Kettering Health Main Campus at 3 a.m. Sunday. Anaya Meet Soni was born weighing 7 pounds. Mona and Meet Soni, from Cincinnati, are celebrating their first child.

A family visiting the U.S. from Haiti was the first to welcome their newborn to the world at Mercy Heath – Springfield Regional Medical Center.

The first baby born at the Springfield Region Medical Center was Riley Shaida Hadassah Nouasi, who was born at 2:53 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2023. She was born weighing 6 pounds and 11.8 ounces, and she measured at 19.5 inches.

Riley is the second child for Elda Felix and Jeremie Nouasi, who already share a son. The Nouasi family is in the U.S. for a six-month stay before they will return to their home country of Haiti.

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