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First baby of 2013 born at Sherman Hospital

Dad Daniel Hernandez holds Isabel first baby born Sherman Hospital 2013. Isabel weighs 6 lbs. 1 oz was born during

Dad Daniel Hernandez holds Isabel, the first baby born at Sherman Hospital in 2013. Isabel weighs in at 6 lbs. 1 oz, and was born during an emergency C-section. Mom, Esbeide, was sleeping. Photo by Janelle Walker.

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Updated: February 3, 2013 6:16AM

ELGIN — Having the first baby of the new year born at your hospital is still a big deal for nurses, said the staff at Sherman Hospital Tuesday.

“We all call around — which one of us got the first?” said Sharon Driessen, one of the labor and delivery nurses at Sherman.

Nurses from St. Alexius in Hoffman Estates to Delnor Hospital in Aurora and further afield than that all call each other to see who gets to claim the first baby, Driessen said.

“It is competitive,” she laughed.

She remembers similar calls on New Years Day 2000 — when everyone wanted to claim the first baby of the new millennium — a child that would now be 13 years old.

For the parents of Elgin’s first baby of the new year, however, they are just happy that their little girl was OK, said dad Daniel Hernandez.

“I was worried. When I finally heard her cry, I felt good,” Hernandez said.

Isabel Hernandez was born via emergency C-section at 7:53 a.m. Tuesday to Esbeide Guttierrez, 35, and beating the next baby born at Sherman by about an hour, said nurse Natosha Feierday.

Isabel joins three sisters and an older brother at home.

While Guttierrez’s due date was Wednesday, she was induced on Monday, she said. “I’d called my doctor, who was out of town, and the other doctor told me to come in,” because she was itching all over, Hernandez said.

But several hours after the induction, the baby went into distress, making the C-section necessary.

On Tuesday afternoon, Isabel was doing well but mom was exhausted.

Sitting next to her bed was a basket of gifts from Sherman’s nurses for the baby and mother.

That is another tradition for hospitals — making sure the first baby of the new year is recognized, Driessen said.

This year, two of the nurses took up the cause and filled the basket with baby clothes and stuffed animals, a hand-crocheted afghan, and lotion and makeup for the mom.

Nurses Jeanne Rupsch and Kari Abdallah “championed” the basket of swag this year, Driessen said. “They collected from everyone here,” she said.

What was unusual Tuesday, however, is that just two babies had been delivered by 3 p.m. Feierday noted. “We are all shocked. We do several deliveries a day,” so Tuesday’s pace was slower than usual. “It usually picks up after New Years,” she said.

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