Two early arrivals on New Years Day

Two early arrivals on New Years Day

Hamilton Health Sciences welcomed its first babies of 2018 in the early hours of the morning at both McMaster University Medical Centre (MUMC) and West Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

Dystynee May holds baby Maddix

At 2:09 a.m., Maddix May-Goble entered the world at MUMC weighing just 6 pounds 1 ounce. His mom, Dystynee May, had been induced around 11 a.m. on December 31st.

“I was really determined that he’d be the first”

“Things were progressing slowly so I thought he was going to be a New Year’s baby,” she says. “Once we were close, I was really determined that he’d be the first.”
Her determination paid off. Maddix was the first baby born in Hamilton this year.

The first baby of the year at WLMH followed not long after. About a month before her due date, at 4:30 p.m. on the 31st, mom Tracy Duru felt like she was going into labour. Her midwife advised her to go to the hospital and baby Valencia Oxner was born at 2:55 a.m. weighing 5 pounds 10 ounces.

Valencia’s may have arrived earlier than expected, but her parents were prepared with a name well in advance. Her dad, David, selected the name Valencia when he and Tracy were on a trip to the Spanish city a decade ago.

Dad David and mom Tracy hold baby Valencia (photo by Scott Rosts/Metroland)

Both babies are happy and healthy.



In a typical year, about 4000 babies are born at Hamilton Health Sciences between West Lincoln Memorial Hospital and McMaster University Medical Centre.

Know someone who gave birth at one of our hospitals in 2017? They are invited to enter our baby photo contest! Learn more here.