(File photo by BLACK PRESS)

(File photo by BLACK PRESS)

First Canadian babies of 2021 born as the clock struck midnight

January 1st babies

MONTREAL — A baby born in a Montreal hospital may have been the first Canadian newborn of 2021.

The Maisonneuve-Rosemont hospital says a boy named Arthur was born precisely at midnight.

The infant, weighing in at seven pounds and four ounces, is the first child for parents Genevieve Beaulieu and Logan Allen.

Less than a minute later, another New Year’s baby arrived in Toronto.

The Humber River Hospital in Toronto says in a post on Twitter that parents Bich Phuy and Patrick welcomed baby Thomas 48 seconds after midnight.

The hospital says the whole family is happy and healthy.

Baby Arthur had close local competition for first newborn of the year.

At 12:01 and 10 seconds, Lara Michelle Adaszkiewicz was born to Aleksandra Modelewska and Martin Adaszkiewicz at the McGill University Health Centre, also in Montreal.

The Montfort hospital in Ottawa reported the region’s first baby of 2021 arrived at nine minutes after midnight. Harlow Winter Margaret Bianco is the fifth child for parents Brandy McCann and Bruce Bianco.

The British Columbia provincial government said the first baby born in the province in 2021 was born at the Women’s Hospital in Vancouver at 12:21 a.m.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 1, 2021.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship.