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County welcomes first new babies

Posted: Thursday, Jan 3rd, 2013

Elizabeth Cooper holds her newborn daughter Alana at Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center on Wednesday. Alana is Santa Cruz County's first baby of 2013. Also, Emily Torrez was the first baby born in Watsonville on New Year's Day. (Photos by Todd Guild/Register-Pajaronian).

SANTA CRUZ — When newborn girl Alana Cooper crosses the threshold of Prunedale home for the first time today, she’ll be in good company. Her two sisters, 15 and 4, will be waiting for her.

Alana, weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces, was born at 12:35 a.m. Tuesday at Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center of Santa Cruz, making her Santa Cruz County’s first baby of the year.

“It was exciting,” said mother Elizabeth Cooper. “I wasn’t expect it because by 12:35 a.m. I assumed someone else would be first.”

Cooper said she went into labor approximately 10 p.m., and gave birth less than two hours later with her husband Justin Cooper and her 15-year-old daughter by her side.

“It was a great experience,” she said. “It couldn’t have been smoother.”

Elizabeth Cooper said she and her family was watching “Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve” on television as the birth approached.

“We got a little concert while we waited, but I couldn’t enjoy it because I was having so many contractions,” she said.

Watsonville’s first baby wasn’t born until more than 15 hours had passed, but new mother Alejandra Torrez’s 20-hour labor actually began three hours before Cooper’s.

For the complete article see the 01-03-2013 issue.

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