WDMH’s first baby of 2018

WINCHESTER – While not first out of the gate in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) has welcomed its first baby of 2018.

Just before 2 pm Mon., Jan. 1, first time parents Evan Jebur and Talib Al-Taie celebrated the arrival of their daughter, Ayah. She weighed in at seven pounds, six ounces.

Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s first baby of 2018 entered the world just before 2 pm Mon., Jan. 1, when little Ayah was welcomed by first-time parents Evan Jebur (left) and Talib Al-taie. Press Photo – Uhrig

The Ottawa couple, largely Arabic speaking with some comprehension of English, told the Winchester Press through a translator that they are “counting their blessings” for the arrival of Ayah. They came to Canada three years ago.

Becoming a mother has long been a dream for Jebur, though she struggled to conceive for nearly nine years. The couple chose to deliver at WMDH on the recommendation of their obstetrician, Dr. Shamsa Deeb.

When asked if it was a difficult labour, Jebur noted that while it was tiring, she needed to be strong for her little girl.

“It’s very special,” Al-Taie added.

Mom and babe were resting comfortably in the hospital’s postpartum wing when the Press visited the next day (Tues., Jan. 2).

Cornwall’s first
A Morrisburg couple can lay claim to having the first baby born in 2018 at Cornwall Community Hospital.

It was only minutes after midnight Jan. 1 when Landon Curtis MacNeil entered the world, the first son for Julie Edmonds and John MacNeil.