New babies, proud parents at the dawn of a new year

Yolinnet Colon of Lynn with her newborn, Jeremiah Joel Nival, at Beverly Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth. Yolinnet Colon of Lynn with her newborn, Jeremiah Joel Nival, at Beverly Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces at birth. ()
By Christopher J. Girard and Vivian Ho
Globe Correspondents / January 2, 2011

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Born 20 seconds past midnight at Beverly Hospital, Jeremiah Joel Nival may be the first birth of 2011 in Massachusetts.

He was followed by Ryan Kim, born at 12:03 a.m. at Cambridge’s Mount Auburn Hospital, according to hospital spokespeople — and a Globe survey of some local hospitals.

From her hospital room in Beverly yesterday, Yolinnet Colon, Jeremiah’s mom, said her daughter’s water broke about 4 p.m. Friday, but she didn’t deliberately wait until after midnight to give birth to Jeremiah.

Jeremiah weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and is 20 inches long, said Tina Ketchopulos, hospital spokeswoman.

Family and friends were with Colon, counting down to the new year, and the new baby.

Colon and the child’s father, Demian Nival, both of Lynn, shared the midnight moment over the phone with friends and family in Florida and Puerto Rico.

“I started crying. My family started crying,’’ she said. “Right after midnight. I didn’t believe it.’’

The couple already has two daughters: Delilan, 6, and Yolizette, 2, Ketchopulos said.

Minutes later in Cambridge, doctors helped Kyung Ah Hwang and Sean Kim deliver their first son.

Ryan had been due on Dec. 22, and Kim said the family was anxious when the due date passed and the child showed no sign of wanting to be born.

Doctors recommended they induce labor on Dec. 30, but a scheduling problem prevented them from going ahead as planned. Hwang, 32, went into labor 9 a.m. Friday.

Ryan weighed in at almost 9 pounds, said his father, 33-year-old Sean Kim, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management. The couple plan to raise their son in Cambridge.

Mercy Kalapurakkel, the couple’s nurse, described Ryan as a mellow baby and “a handsome little boy.’’

“It was great to help them with this. They’re such a lovely couple, and it was great to be with them,’’ she said. “They did great.’’

Ryan was worth the wait, Hwang said.

“We waited for him for six years after we married,’’ Hwang said.

A spokesman at Fall River’s Charlton Memorial Hospital, said their first baby was born at 12:10. A spokesman at Boston’s Tufts Medical Center said their first was at 12:22.

A nursing supervisor at Attleboro’s Sturdy Memorial Hospital said as of 1 p.m., they had no new-year births to report.

The first baby at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital, was a girl born at 5:03 a.m., said Emily Lamisa, hospital spokeswoman.

The hospital is awarding the baby a $200 savings bond, Lamisa said.

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New Year’s Day babies

Most hospitals contacted reported a birth early yesterday. Some did not have information immediately available. Some did not provide the newborn’s gender. Below is a list of hospitals that reported births, with time of birth and gender when available.

BOSTON Beth Israel Deaconess MC: 12:18 a.m.; Tufts Medical Center: 12:22 a.m.; Boston MC: 12:27 a.m., boy; Brigham and Women’s: 2:58 a.m.; Mass. General: 5:03 a.m., girl.

STATEWIDE Mount Auburn, Cambridge: 12:03 a.m.; Charlton Memorial, Fall River: 12:10 a.m.; Bay State MC: 12:11 a.m., girl; Newton-Wellesley: 12:17 a.m., girl; Martha’s Vineyard, Oak Bluffs: 1 a.m., girl; Lowell General: 1:09 a.m., girl; Milford Regional MC: 1:16 a.m., boy; Heywood, Gardner: 1:17 a.m., girl; South Shore, Weymouth: 1:43 a.m., boy; MetroWest MC, Framingham: 4 a.m.; Baystate Franklin MC, Greenfield: 5:24 a.m., girl; Winchester: 6:15 a.m., girl; Anna Jaques, Newburyport: 7:04 a.m., girl; Cooley Dickinson, Northampton: 7:34 a.m.; Signature Healthcare Brockton: 9:25 a.m., girl; St. Luke’s, New Bedford: 10:05 a.m., girl; Cambridge Hospital Campus: 11:10 a.m., girl; North Shore MC — Salem Hospital: 11:12 a.m., boy; Lawrence General: 11:21 a.m.; Pittsfield Berkshire MC: 11:28 a.m.; Holy Family, Methuen: 12:28 p.m.; Emerson Hospital, Concord: 1:06 p.m., girl; Mercy MC, Springfield: 1:28 p.m., boy; Holyoke MC: 1:52 p.m., girl; Falmouth: 2:06 p.m., girl.