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First Bay Area baby of 2018 born at SF hospital

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Parents Martin Dominguez and Samantha Powell with their baby boy born at 12:02 a.m. at UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. (Courtesy photo)

The apparent first baby born in the Bay Area in 2018 doesn’t yet have a name, but he’s gotten a warm welcome that began even before he officially emerged at the University of California Medical Center at Mission Bay.

When it looked like the baby was going to come at midnight, all the doctors and nurses crowded into the room wearing New Year’s hats, a hospital spokesperson said.

And the infant, born to San Francisco residents Samantha Powell and Martin Dominguez, didn’t disappoint. He made his debut at 12:02 a.m., after 48 hours of labor. The baby weighs 6 pounds and 10 ounces.

Powell is a psychiatrist with California Pacific Medical Center and Dominguez is a cardiology fellow at UCSF. This is their first child.

Powell said by phone early Monday morning that her due date was Dec. 31 so “we thought it was a possibility” to have a New Year’s baby.

She said the couple moved to San Francisco from the Philadelphia area about a year ago and her mother came from across the country as the due date approached.

Powell thanked “the most amazing team at UCSF” for delivering the baby and asked to “give a special shout-out to my nurse Vanessia.”

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