ELIZABETH, NJ - The first to be born at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in 2019 came into the world at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, January 1.

Elizabeth residents Rosa Serrano De Orellana and Jose Alfredo arrived at Trinitas in Labor and Delivery around 11:30 a.m. after Rosa started experiencing very strong contractions, which began at 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. When she was examined by Shanaya Recalde, Certified Nurse Midwife, she was already eight centimeters dilated. Within a matter of minutes, Rosa was rushed to one of the labor rooms where she was admitted and coached through her labor pains, as she wanted a natural delivery.

She got her wish! At 1 p.m., Recalde helped deliver a 6lb. 13oz. healthy baby boy, who is 19 ¾ inches long, with no pain medication. His name is Cristofer Orellana Serrano.

“We at Trinitas are super excited for them,” says Recalde. “They were extremely nice and very happy about the news that their baby was the first born in the New Year. And now their 4-year-old daughter has a baby brother.”