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Imperial County Welcomes First Babies of the 2020s
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Imperial County Welcomes First Babies of the 2020s

IMPERIAL COUNTY — The honor of being the first baby born in Imperial County in the new decade went to Juleanna Villalobos, who arrived at 7:30 a.m. Jan. 1 at Pioneers Memorial Health Care District in Brawley.

Juleanna weighed in at an even eight pounds and was 21 inches long, explained Grace Gallardo, PMHD perinatal department director. The proud parents are Edith Martinez and Jesus Villalobos, she said

Physician Hamid Zadeh assisted with the birth that saw no complications and was a normal birth not a C-Section, noted Gallardo.

“The baby was a good weight,” she said. “They were all pretty happy. Edith Martinez had lots of family there, and the father, Jesus Villalobos, was thrilled.”

Juleanna did have a few momentary bouts of crying as babies are known to do, explained Jennifer Sandoval, the attending registered nurse, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.

“The father was just as excited as the staff the baby was here at last,” said Sandoval. “He was even more excited when he found out their child was the first born of the year. We always get really excited when everything goes really smooth.”

Meanwhile, at El Centro Regional Medical Center the first baby may have been planning a brunch date and arrived just as healthy at 12:37 p.m., a hospital official reported.

Ezikiel Rey Orta-Rios weighed six pounds, six ounces and measured 19 inches long. The proud parents are Leslie Orta-Rios, 22, and her husband, Michael Rios. They have two other children, Damien, 5, and Celezio, one and a half.

This story is featured in the Jan 09, 2020 e-Edition.

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