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Panhandle's first babies of 2011 arrive a little late

January 02, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — It took until Sunday afternoon, but the first babies born in Eastern Panhandle hospitals in 2011 were delivered within hours of each other.

Nurses said City Hospital in Martinsburg had its first baby of 2011 delivered at 2:09 p.m.

Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., had a 5 pound, 15-ounce girl born at 3:42 p.m.

Jessica Schulz of Martinsburg said she spent five hours in labor at City Hospital. She said hospital staff told her early on she might have the first baby of 2011.

“They told me when I got here I was in line,” Schulz said.

Izabella Marie Donaldson weighed 6 pounds, 2.4 ounces when born. Izabella, the daughter of Schulz and Richard Donaldson, spent most of the day resting quietly, according to her mother.

Schulz said her due date was Jan. 9, but doctors planned to induce her today. She awoke at 10 a.m. Sunday with severe contractions and delivered the girl, who has strawberry blond hair, after what she said was a relatively easy delivery.

Izabella has a brother who is 3, Schulz said.

The parents of the girl born at Jefferson Memorial Hospital did not return a message Sunday.

Ilynn Mryla Velazquez, born early Saturday in Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital, was the first baby born in Tri-State area hospitals for 2011. Meritus Medical Center in Washington County welcomed its first baby at 6:53 a.m. Sunday.

— Jennifer Fitch

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