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Northwell welcomes first baby of 2018


It's a girl! Meet the first Northwell Health baby of 2018.

The maternity team at Katz Women's Hospital at LIJ Medical Center delivered the first baby of the New Year at 12:19 a.m., a 5-pound, 10-ounce girl named Aziya Dream Shingler to proud parents Tamari Gardner, 24, and Aaron Shingler, 25, both of Hempstead.

Ms. Gardner said she was up all night and decided to call for an ambulance at 6 a.m. December 31. After more than 17 hours of contractions, she gave birth to her fourth child – all girls.

"I thought I was having a boy this time," said Ms. Gardner, whose three other daughters are named Ariya, 7; Anila, 4; and Aniya, 2. "It turns out it was a dream that she was a boy. That's why I named her Dream."

Aziya Dream is the latest A-lister in the Shingler household. The New Year's Day surprise also arrived three weeks early, but she and her mom are in good health and spirits.

LIJ's obstetrics services delivered more babies (9,100) than any other facility in New York State in 2016. Northwell hospitals performed 38,750 deliveries in 2017.

"LIJ's state-of-the-art facility is truly designed to create a unique experience for the expectant parents," said Margaret Murphy, Chief Nursing Officer at LIJ. "We are proud to have delivered the first baby in 2018 and offer our congratulations to the Shingler family."

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