FRESNO & TULARE COUNTIES – While some Central Valley residents were counting down the seconds to the new year, others were counting down the hours and minutes until they welcomed a new member of their family into the world.
Multiple hospitals across Tulare and Fresno counties announced babies born in the early hours of Jan. 1 at their locations, continuing a tradition of celebrating the first babies of 2024.
In Porterville, the first baby of 2024 was born at Sierra View Medical Center (SVMC) to Yvette Torres and Chris Munguia at 5:27 a.m. According to SVMC, the new parents were surprised to find out they were welcoming a baby girl, when they had anticipated Baby Munguia would be a baby boy; Baby Munguia also arrived nearly a month ahead of schedule.
“Despite the unexpected twist, the family is overjoyed and is eager to welcome her into their family,” SVMC said.
SVMC provided the family with a New Year’s Baby gift basket full of essential newborn items and an SVMC first aid kit.
At Adventist Health’s Reedley Birth Center, Angel Mateo Ruano was born at 2:29 a.m. to parents Vanessa and Osvaldo.
Adventist Health provides each of its birthing centers with a “New Year’s Baby” gift basket as well, including diapers, wipes, a first aid kit, a baby blanket, onesie, bib and water bottle. An Adventist Health spokesperson said birthing center staff often add additional items as well to commemorate the event.
In Visalia, Kaweah Health welcomed its first baby, named Maya, at 2:40 a.m. Baby Maya also received diapers and a baby blanket, as well as a beanie stitched with “2024” and Kaweah Health branding.
In Fresno, the first baby born in 2024 at the Community Regional Medical Center (CRMC) was a baby girl welcomed at 1:38 a.m. Also at CRMC, parents Hector and Uzzi welcomed the first triplets of 2024 — two girls and one boy — just before 10 a.m.
At the Saint Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, Baby Joshua was born at 5:51 a.m.