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Canada welcomes a new slate of New Year's Day babies

Last Updated Jan 1, 2019 at 11:32 pm EST

Families across Canada are welcoming some of the country’s first babies of 2019.

In Montreal, the McGill University Health Centre says baby Mariella was born at 12:02 a.m.

Scarborough Health Network in east Toronto tweeted that baby Fatima was born at Scarborough General Hospital at the stroke of midnight.

Meanwhile, parents in Saskatoon and Regina welcomed babies at 1:55 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. respectively.

Notably, Saskatoon’s first baby of the year, Alya, shares a birthday with her big brother Emery, who was the second baby born in the city in 2017.

In New Westminster, B.C., a baby boy was born at 12:01 a.m.

UNICEF has estimated that 999 babies would be born in Canada on New Year’s Day on Jan. 1, 2019.

With a file from News Staff