Israel welcomed its first baby of the New Year just a minute after midnight – a baby girl – as if she was waiting for the New Year bells to ring to finally make her entrance into the world.The baby girl was born at the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera to Marlin Jamal Majat, 25, who welcomed her third daughter into the family on New Year's Day.Hadera also captured first-boy honors this year when, at 00:06 IST, five minutes after Majat's delivery, Tali Sasson from Or Akiva gave birth to a healthy baby boy.However, first baby boy honors are shared in Israel this New Year's Day.
At exactly six minutes after midnight, Adam and Eden Ben-Naim were blessed with a healthy baby boy at the Shamir Medical Center - coming into the world just five minutes shy of being Israel's first New Year baby. But who needs all the attention anyway?The healthy boy is the couple's first son – and their first child in their new home of Shamir, a kibbutz in the Upper Galilee area of Israel.Nurses and doctors from the medical center left a video message wishing all of Israel a happy and healthy New Year.The staff at Rambam Hospital in Bat Galim, Haifa, delivered their maternity ward's first newborn of the year – also a baby girl – at around 1 a.m. She was born to Hashiba and Liran Zuckman from Kiryat Motzkin."This is our first daughter after three boys," the mother said. "We have waited for her, and we are happy that she is here now."Since the ringing in of the New Year, Rambam has already delivered five babies - two girls and three boys.The first baby in Assuta Ashdod arrived into the world at 00:55 IST. During the night, five babies were delivered at the local hospital - including one to an Ashdod resident named Sarah, 25, who welcomed her firstborn child into her life at 04:55 IST, weighing a healthy seven pounds, four ounces.The Galilee Medical Center waited nearly six hours after the New Year bells rung to welcome in its first newborn. However, the long wait ended when the Badran family gave birth to their second daughter at around 05:25 IST, coming into the world healthy at seven and a half pounds."It's a wonderful feeling to open the year with a new baby," the mother said. "Although I arrived at the hospital during the 40th week of my pregnancy, I didn't think it was going to happen tonight!" Now, she has been blessed with a healthy New Year baby.At the Barzilai Medical Center in Ashkelon, first baby honors go to Dadon Moran from Sderot, who gave birth to a health baby boy at 00:39 IST, weighing in at just under seven pounds.In the northern city of Afula, at the HaEmek Medical Center, three babies were born in the hours just after midnight. The first of the night was welcomed in by Yael and Sharon of Beit Shean, whose child came into the world at 00:12 IST, just a few minutes after the country's firsts.Mazal tov to the happy families that added a new member to their roster today!
Nurses from the Shamir Medical Center wish Israel a Happy New Year