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Area hospitals welcome first babies of 2019

Area hospitals reported the first babies of the new year on Tuesday, with one couple waiting until the ball dropped to go to the hospital and the other who celebrated the new year with medical staff.

Kelleigh Drenten gave birth to her daughter, McKynlee, at 6:35 a.m. on Tuesday at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, with the newborn entering the world weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces and 19 inches long.

Drenten and her husband, Tommy, of Sun Valley were celebrating New Year’s Eve when the mom-to-be started feeling contractions around 11:30 p.m.

“I just was trying to wait it out a little,” said Kelleigh Drenten, whose 7-year-old daughter, Aubree, is excited to be a big sister, she added.


“Once midnight hit, we headed to the hospital,” the new mom said.

She said her short labor was unexpected.

“I was surprised how fast it went,” she said. “Everything went perfectly.”

At Adventist Health Glendale, the first baby of the year was a boy named Yosif, born at 10:10 a.m. to Marwa Mahmood and her husband, Salwan Anjo, who have lived in La Cañada Flintridge for about four months.


Mahmood started having contractions around 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve.

“Our party was here with the nurses,” Anjo said with a chuckle.

The newborn joins the couple’s other son, Dereen, 5.

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