The start of a new year has brought new adventures for two local women, both giving birth on New Year’s Day.
Calexico resident Eloisa Riojas gave birth to her fourth child, a 6-pound, 8-ounce baby girl at El Centro Regional Medical Center at 12:01 a.m. while El Centro resident Karina Avalos had her first child, Jade Darina Avalos, via Caesarean section at 9:35 a.m. at Brawley’s Pioneers Memorial Hospital.
“Yesterday was my due date,” Riojas said. “I came in at 9 a.m. and was sent back home. When I came back in at 9 p.m., I had strong contractions.”
Riojas, who is 25 years old, said though she had epidurals with all four births this time, “I actually felt everything.”
“It happened so quick,” she said of the three hours in labor. “She was out on the second push.”
“I think she’s my miracle because she wasn’t even planned,” she said. “And my 1-year-old just had her birthday on Tuesday so they’re almost like twins.”
Over in Brawley, while Avalos and her husband, Luis, face an uphill battle with the health of their 2-pound, 13-ounce, 7-weeks prematurely born daughter, they seemed confident that she will thrive and they are happy to be new parents.
“I was very emotional before the birth,” the new mother said. “I really wanted a baby.”
“It’s a humbling experience once you see your baby lifted up in the air,” said her husband.
“It’s very exciting (and) very, very special,” he said.
“My baby is skinny and long,” Karina Avalos said with a smile. “I’m very happy.”
Staff Writer Roman Flores can be reached at 760-337-3439 or firstname.lastname@example.org