Flushing, New York - Just as the ball dropped in Times Square at midnight, baby girl Kamiyah Alina Barrow entered the world at New York Hospital Queens. She was the first baby born in New York City on January 1, 2008.
“The T.V. was on, but I wasn’t really paying attention to that. I was just pushing.” said proud mother, Kamille Lord. “When we heard ‘Happy New Year’ the baby was completely out—that was 12 on the dot.”
The couple arrived at the hospital at 11 p.m. on December 31 with Ms. Lord in labor. Ms. Lord was not due to deliver until January 6. However, Kamiyah had other plans. Exactly an hour later, the baby was born.
“Actually, there is a twist in this story,” said David Chiang, MD, the obstetrician who delivered Kamiyah. “Their doctor, Dr. Thenor, happened to be on vacation. I’m his colleague, so, actually I was covering for him while he was on vacation.”
Among the first gifts Kamiyah received from the hospital were a $1,000 savings bond, a floral basket, teddy bear and food basket. Babies R’ Us presented an assortment of baby gifts and gift card to the Lord-Barrow family.
Kamiyah is the first child for the couple who hails from Laurelton, Queens. “I’m happy she’s here,” said father, Dexter Barrow. “Thanks to the New York Hospital Queens staff, they did an excellent job, honestly.”
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System and an affiliate of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Pictured are happy parents Dexter Barrow, Kamille Lord, baby Kamiyah Alina, as well as proud grandma, Tionel Lord. They are joined by Dr. Wesner Thenor-Louis (far left), Ms. Lord’s obstetrician, and Dr. David Chiang (far right), the obstetrician who delivered the baby.