Welcoming the New Year's babies of Atlantic Canada

Published on January 5, 2017

Baby Rice sleeps in her father’s arms only hours after being born at Prince County Hospital. Baby Rice, whose forever name hasn’t been chosen yet, was the first baby born in the hospital in 2017, arriving at 10:52 p.m. Tuesday evening. Her parents are Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice.

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“A new baby is like the beginning of all things wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities,” American parenting educator and author Eda LeShan once wrote.

While reporters have many happy stories to cover in the course of a year, many days the job entails recounting the details of accidents, crimes and a fair number of long meetings.  Once a year, there’s a guarantee of a more joyful assignment: covering the news of the first baby born in the province or region as the calendar turns over.

Here are some of the families who welcomed “New Year’s babies” this week, as reported on by TC Media Atlantic journalists.

Born in Gander at 4:16 a.m. on Jan. 1, Charlie McGrath was the first baby delivered in the Central Health region for 2017.
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In Newfoundland and Labrador, one of the first babies of the year to make their debut, and the first baby born in the Central Health region in 2017, was Charlie McGrath.

Proud mom Mellina Brenton gave birth to little Charlie at 4:16 a.m. Jan 1 at James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander.


Meet Charlie.


Zavier David Green.
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The G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital in Clarenville also welcomed a newborn on New Year’s Day.

Parents Devina Horlick and Will Green and big sister Bella added baby boy Zavier David Green to their family on Sunday, Jan. 1, at 1:31 p.m.

Meet Zavier.

Victoria MacQuarrie and Ian Moher cuddle their baby daughter Isabelle at home in Charlottetown.
Jim Day

Prince Edward Island’s first birth of 2017 came before dawn on Jan. 1 when Isabelle Marie Moher arrived at 6:46 a.m. at  Charlottetown’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown. Little Isabelle’s proud parents are Victoria MacQuarrie and Ian Moher.

Meet Isabelle.

New parents Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice of Lot 16 welcomed Prince County Hospital’s first baby of 2017 Tuesday night.

It was a few more days before the first 2017 baby arrived at Prince County Hospital in Summerside, P.E.I. Nancy Manderson and Stephen Rice of Lot 16 welcomed a baby girl 10:52 p.m., Jan. 3.  

When the Journal Pioneer popped in to meet the family, their new addition didn’t yet have a name.


Meet Baby Rice.  


Only a little larger than her father's hand, Aurora Lee Griffin was six pounds, six ounces when she was born Jan. 1.
Wendy Elliott

Nova Scotia’s first baby of 2017 made her entrance just as the clocks struck midnight at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville.

Aurora Lee Griffin  arrived at 12:01 a.m. and was welcomed by proud parents Angeladayle and Adam Griffin , along with big brother Elliott.

 Meet Aurora

Chris and Heidi Connors hold their newborn baby Blake Annarielle Connors.
Adam MacInnis

Pictou County, Nova Scotia’s, first baby of the year arrived at 10:29 p.m. Jan. 2. At the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow.

Little Blake Annarielle Connors  is the first child for parents Heidi and Chris Connors.


Meet Annarielle.