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North York General Welcomes Toronto’s First Baby of 2016

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The New Year is a time for new beginnings, and two parents had the ultimate start to 2016. Born just 39 seconds past midnight on January 1st right here at North York General Hospital, Julian was the first baby to arrive in Toronto in 2016. Weighing 8 pounds and 11 ounces, he was delivered by Dr. Nicholas Pairaudeau via C-section.

Dr. Pairaudeau holding baby JulianDr. Pairaudeau said that Julian’s mother was not the only woman giving birth at the hospital that day, but that Julian was certainly the first New Year’s baby. When a baby is born, a nurse presses a button on a computer in the delivery room, recording the time.

It’s moments of joy like these that we truly treasure at North York General. But we couldn’t do it without you. Your donations allow us to provide the very best care for our littlest patients – babies like Julian – when and where they need us, whether it’s January 1st or any other day of the year.

Recently, thanks to community donations, North York General Foundation was able to purchase a birthing bed, a baby warmer, and a portable ultrasound machine for our Labour and Delivery unit. All of these items play a crucial role in helping mothers give birth, and all of them were donor funded.

Did you know that the government does not fund new or replacement equipment or renovations, outside of capital builds? That means every piece of equipment you see, from hospital beds to MRI machines, x-rays and surgical tools, is thanks to the generosity of our community and people like you. It’s gifts like these that helped purchase the tools required for Julian’s C-section!

For a hospital like North York General, where 6,000 babies are born each year, having the best tools to treat our littlest patients and their families is essential.

To make a donation in support of life-saving equipment at North York General, please click here. Your gift will ensure that we are able to welcome many more special babies like Julian, now and in the future.