First Canadian New Year's babies born at stroke of midnight, Montreal's 2 seconds later
Two Toronto hospitals say the first babies of 2018 were born at the stroke of midnight.
Both St. Michael's Hospital and Humber River Hospital say they each welcomed new babies at exactly 12 a.m. on Jan. 1.
St. Michael's spokesman James Wysotski says a 7-pound, 11-ounce baby girl was born at the hospital as fireworks were going off in nearby Nathan Phillips Square.
In a tweet, Humber River Hospital said a baby named Phillip was born at midnight, closely followed by his twin sister Victoria, who arrived seven seconds later.
In Quebec, a baby girl was born in Montreal two seconds after midnight, while a baby girl was delivered in Surrey, B.C. nine seconds into the New Year.
Maxine Kylie Ona was born healthy but a few days early at Montreal's Saint-Mary's Hospital, weighing in at 7 pounds, three ounces.
While she does take top honours as Montreal's New Year baby, Maxine nearly shared a birthdate with her mother, Miriam Oviedo, who laboured through her birthday on Sunday to deliver her third daughter within seconds of the stroke of midnight on Jan. 1.
All the newest Canadians and their mothers are said to be doing well.