Imperial Valley Ushers in New Year with First Baby


It is true that a new-born baby comes every day, but not every day is New Year’s Day.

Separated by a mere 15 minutes, the first babies to arrive in the Imperial Valley were in a near tie. Beginning at just a few minutes past midnight at El Centro Regional Medical Center’s OB/GYN unit, Emily Victoria Pacheco was welcomed into the world by mother Abby Montejano and her significant other, the father, Jaime Pacheco. They are both employed as Nike Store associates.  Emily is their first child and she weighed 6.6 pounds at birth.

“We didn’t think she’d be the first baby of the year since we expected her early in the evening,” said Montejano.  “It was a long birth, 14 hours, but well worth the wait.”

Just a breath behind the birth at ECRMC, Pioneer’s Memorial Healthcare Center’s Phyllis Dillard Family Medical Center greeted Samantha, the 7-pound and 15-ounce daughter of Fernanda and Martin Navarro.  She is their second child, as their eldest, a son, is 11 years old. Martin is employed as an auto mechanic and the family resides in El Centro.

“I am very pleased. She is a quiet, happy baby,” said Fernanda.

Their family from El Centro was expected to visit before they left the hospital, while extended family from Mexico will arrive later this week,  Martin added.

April Hale, PMHD RN/lactation consultant, praised the newborn for being so adorable and agreeable on her first day in the world.