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Meet New Year's baby Samuel Garibay, born at midnight on Jan. 1, 2017

Samuel Garibay was born on January 1, 2017, at a healthy 7.5 lbs. and 20 inches long. (SBG photo)

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. – At exactly midnight, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend welcomed the first baby of the new year.

Samuel Garibay was born healthy at 7.5 lbs. and 20 inches long.

He was born January 1 at 12 a.m.

"We've had a few babies born at 12:02, 12:08, 12:30, 2, 4, but right at midnight is pretty unusual," said Dr. Brooke Kyle.

Staff members at PeaceHealth say he could possibly be the first 2017 baby born in Oregon.

They say it's hard to know for sure, especially when there are home births and midwifery centers, but either way, they say it's exciting.

"Since I started doing this 16 years ago it's been one of the things I most enjoy,” Dr. Kyle said, “being on call on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day because it's more fun to deliver babies than go to a party I think."

But Erick Garibay and his wife, Cristal Sanchez, didn't plan on spending New Year's at the hospital.

"It caught us off guard because the due date was January 7, and he came early," said Garibay.

However, they say January 1 birthdays do run in little Samuel's family; his great grandma is also a New Year's baby.

"Her name is Martina. We might have his middle name be Martin."

And as the family celebrates so does the community. Prisoners at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville sewed together special blankets -- a pink one for the first girl of the year and a blue one for Samuel, the first boy of the year.

"We're just happy; we're really happy he's here. Timing couldn't have been any better."

Because in a hospital that delivers 2,600 babies a year, this might just be the most memorable.

Doctors say Samuel is very healthy and his mother, Cristal, is also doing well. She’s still recovering in the hospital so they're not sure yet when they'll go home.

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