It’s a boy! First baby of 2019 welcomed at Cobourg’s Northumberland Hills Hospital

Alex and Lindsey Drake-Shalpata welcomed Robin, the first baby of 2019 born at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg. Northumberland Hills Hospital

An Oshawa couple are proud parents of the first baby of 2019 born at Northumberland Hills Hospital in Cobourg.

Around 3 a.m. on Jan. 1., Robin Lyle was born, the son of Lindsey Drake-Shalpata and Alex Shalapata. The baby boy weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 19.5 inches (49.5 cm).

The hospital says it was the first baby born there in 2019. Robin, the second child born to the couple, was also welcomed by his brothers Ty and Aarron.

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“We’re from Oshawa, but we really enjoyed the experience at NHH several years ago during our second son’s birth,” the couple was quoted in a hospital press release.

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“Together with our midwife — Kory McGrath of New Life Midwives — we really like the birthing experience offered at NHH. We were impressed by how the team worked together so well, and clearly respected each other. We saw that again with Robin’s birth.”

Robin arrived two weeks before his expected due date, giving the family a pleasant New Year’s surprise.

“The nurses, our midwife, the doctor and the anesthesiologist, everyone involved was just amazing and we’re very grateful,” stated Lindsey.

In Peterborough, officials at Peterborough Regional Health Centre say a baby has been born to ring in 2019, however, the family declined to publicize the baby’s birth.

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