Ponoka hospital’s first baby of the new year

Ponoka hospital’s first baby of 2013 has arrived and parents Michelle Omeasoo and Leon Moonias look forward

Parents Michelle Omeasoo and Leon Moonias look at their newborn baby Sincere Moonias.Sincere was the first baby of the New Year born in Ponoka.

Parents Michelle Omeasoo and Leon Moonias look at their newborn baby Sincere Moonias.Sincere was the first baby of the New Year born in Ponoka.

Ponoka hospital’s first baby of 2013 has arrived and parents Michelle Omeasoo and Leon Moonias look forward to spending much needed time with their growing family.

Born Jan. 1 at 1:06 p.m., Sincere Moonias was a healthy 10 pounds, six ounces. She was due Dec. 27 and Omeasoo’s doctor suggested they come to the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre to be induced on New Year’s Day. It was a relatively short labour for Omeasoo who was induced at 9 a.m. Labour did not really begin until 10 a.m. she said.

“It was a blur,” said Moonias of the experience.

Sincere did not come easily however, her shoulders became stuck, which caused Omeasoo some worry and much pain. Doctors and the team of four or five nurses and two medical students had to push on her stomach to help the baby to be born. Once done though, Omeasoo was able to relax. “I felt relieved…I was in too much pain, I just wanted her out.”

There was a moment of joy for Moonias at the birth of his daughter. “I just about cried.”

At the end of the birth both mom and baby were considered healthy and ready to return home the next day.

Friends watched over Omeasoo’s other children who are too young to be at the birth and both parents looked forward to bringing their new baby home for everyone to see.

This is Omeasoo’s sixth child and she feels grateful to go home to her family