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Family's seventh child is Tri-State's first

January 02, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • Tonya Velazquez holds her newborn daughter, Ilynn Velazquez, who was born Saturday at 2:03 a.m. at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital. Also pictured are, from left, Jasmina Ademovic, a registered nurse at Chambersburg Hospital; Isabella Velazquez, Ilynn's sister; and Guillermo Velazquez, Ilynn's father. Ilynn also has three brothers, Israel, Isaiah and Issac; and two other sisters, Ily and Ilana.
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CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — A 7-pound, 9.8-ounce baby girl born early Saturday at Chambersburg Hospital was the first baby born in the Tri-State area in 2011.

Born at 2:03 a.m., Ilynn Mryla Velazquez is the seventh child of Tonya and Guillermo Velazquez of Shippensburg, Pa., according to Summit Health spokesperson Jessica Walter and the child’s mother.
Ilynn was 20.5 inches long.

“It (went) so quick, I almost didn’t get the epidural,” Tonya Velazquez said about eight hours after giving birth to her fourth girl.

An epidural is a method for providing pain relief to women while they are in labor.

Velazquez was due to give birth New Year’s Day, but said she left the doctor’s office after an appointment Thursday with the impression that the baby might not be born until later.   

While she was just relieved the due date held up on Saturday and the pregnancy was over, Velazquez said the staff at Chambersburg Hospital was “really excited” about being the first health care center in the Tri-State area to have a birth in 2011.

As of Saturday at 8 p.m., no babies had been born at Meritus Medical Center in Washington County, City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., or Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., hospital officials said.

After being admitted to the hospital Friday at about 8 p.m., Velazquez said her cervix almost immediately dilated from 3 or 4 centimeters to about 7 or 8 centimeters.

Considering she was in labor with her first child for three days, Velazquez, 29, said the birth of her seventh child went “really fast.”

The first baby born at Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital, a 7-pound, 4.8-ounce boy, arrived about 90 minutes after Ilynn Velazquez was born.

Arthur Shawn Witmer, the first child for Orrstown, Pa., residents Mary Beth and Lynn Witmer, was born at 3:29 a.m., Walter said.

The baby’s father said the child was due Dec. 29.

“He was not too far off,” Lynn Witmer said.

Velazquez, 29, meanwhile, said she and her husband might still have yet another child.

“I couldn’t imagine my life without them,” Velazquez said of her children.

Having a large family follows in the footsteps of her husband’s maternal and paternal grandmothers, who had 12 and 14 children respectively, she said.  

After serving 2 1/2 years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Velazquez said she got out of the military in August and now hopes to complete requirements for an associate degree in a health care-related field.

Stationed at Fort Carson, Colo., as a petroleum supply specialist, Velazquez said she was happy to return home.

For having good timing in giving birth, Velazquez said she was presented with a gift basket, which included an assortment of items, including stuffed animals and picture frames.

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