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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – While some people brought in the new year by watching a ball drop or Big Orange rise, some new moms celebrated the births of their child – the first to be born in South Florida in 2019.

In Broward, the first baby born at Broward Health Medical Center was Matthew Torres.

Little Matthew was born at 1:56 a.m., weighing in at eight pounds and two ounces.

His mom, Jennifer Zuluago, wasn’t due for another two-and-a-half weeks but Matthew had other plans

“I started having contractions around 10 p.m. and by 12 a.m. I was at the hospital,” she said. ” He can an hour later, it was all natural.”

Jennifer Zuluago holds her son Matthew who was born on New Year’s Day. (Source: Broward Health Medical Center)

Zuluaga owns a garage door company and says she chose the name Matthew because it means ‘a gift from God’.

First time parents Camilo Forero and Andrea Nova welcomed their baby Martin as the first 2019 baby of the year for the Memorial Healthcare System. Martin weighing 6 lbs and 14 oz was born at The Family Birthplace of Memorial Hospital West in Pembroke Pines.

At Jackson Memorial Hospital, their first baby of the new year was born at 12:05 a.m. No other information was provided by the hospital.

Baptist Hospital’s first newborn was a healthy baby boy born at 1:13 a.m., weighing in at eight pounds, four ounces, measuring 21 inches.

At Mount Sinai Medical Center, a baby girl – Luna – was born at 1:36 a.m., weighing seven pounds and 12 ounces.

Luna was born January 1st, 2019, at 1:36 a.m. at Mount Sinai Medical Center. (Source: Mount Sinai Medical Center)

At Hialeah Hospital, little Nathaly Gonzalez, weighing in at five pounds, was born at 9:15 a.m. Parents Javier Gonzalez and Enelida Vargas couldn’t be more thrilled.

At Palmetto General Hospital, parents Amanda Huesca and Sadiel Valdes welcomed Manuel Alejandro at 9:48 a.m. Manuel weighed in at seven pounds, 11 ounces.


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