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First Baby at Reedley Birth Center Arrives Two Weeks Ahead of Schedule


REEDLEY – Reedley Birth Center’s first baby of 2018 surprised everyone, especially his parents, by showing up two weeks early.

“We were not expecting him at all,” his mother, Yvette, said as she held tiny, dark-haired Julian in her arms on Monday. He arrived at 6:39 a.m. weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 18-3/4 inches in length.

The baby is the third son born to Yvette and her husband, Jacob, of Reedley.

Baby Julian didn’t interrupt the couple’s New Year’s Eve party plans, which was simply to enjoy a quiet evening at home despite the celebratory noise of fireworks in their neighborhood. The noise woke Yvette up at just after 3:30 a.m., however, and she started to feel uncomfortable. Still, she wasn’t concerned until her water broke, and contractions started coming quickly, surprising her and necessitating a trip to the Reedley Birth Center at 5:30 a.m.

Yvette said that although the baby’s arrival on New Year’s Day was an exciting surprise, it was fitting. “We just moved into a new place and are making a new start. It feels like we’re starting off the new year right,” she said.

The mother of the first baby born at the Hanford Birth Center declined to be interviewed for this story, but both she and her baby are healthy and doing fine.

Both mothers were presented with a beautiful basket of baby gifts courtesy of A Baby’s Closet, the gift shop inside the Hanford Birth Center.

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