BURLEY — Briana Leon got a surprise for her birthday this year: A baby girl.
In 1993, Leon was the seventh baby to be born on New Year’s Day in Burley. On Sunday, her daughter was the first — and only — New Year’s Day baby born at Cassia Regional Hospital in Burley.
Cataleya Sia Alvarez arrived 10 days earlier than expected, delivered at 12:35 p.m. Sunday to Briana Leon and Samuel Alvarez of Oakley.
“I wasn’t worried,” Leon said. “It was unexpected, but everything was OK.”
Weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces, Cataleya was one of six babies born in the Magic Valley on Sunday. And besides sharing the same birthday, there’s something else Cataleya has in common with the first New Year’s babies in Twin Falls and Ketchum: All three were girls measuring 19 inches long.
Leon had come into the hospital on New Year’s Eve, concerned when she couldn’t feel the baby move. She found out she was having contractions, but the birth was delayed when she stopped dilating.
“It was a New Year’s surprise,” Leon said.
Her parents didn’t know the sex of their baby before she arrived. They received gifts of baskets, blankets, clothing and diapers from the hospital. Cataleya has two older siblings.
First in Twin Falls: Elma Marisol Salas
St. Luke’s Magic Valley Regional Medical Center in Twin Falls delivered four babies throughout the day — two boys and two girls. The first of these was Elma Marisol Salas, born at 3:05 a.m. to Deanna Miller and Arturo Salas. She weighed 7 pounds, 3 ounces and came a day before her due date.
Miller, who was in labor for about 12 hours, said she’d been told that another woman was in the delivery room around the same time.
“I guess the nurses were betting (which would come first),” Miller recounted.
With only one doctor available, her labor came on harder and faster than the other patient, so her baby was delivered first.
Miller said she didn’t even notice at first when one year changed to the next.
Elma got to meet her 14-month-old sister later that day. Her great-grandfather also has a Jan. 1 birthday, Miller said.
“It’s neat for a kid,” she said. “She gets to have a special birthday.”
Elma received a car seat, a onesie and some blankets from St. Luke’s.
Information was not available on the other three babies born Sunday at the Twin Falls hospital.
First in Ketchum: Galena Margaret McCann
At St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, Galena Margaret McCann was born to Megan and Luc McCann of Ketchum at 3:48 a.m. She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and was 19 inches long.
As a gift, the McCann family received a baby hamper with toys and clothes, a nurse in obstetrics said.
North Canyon Medical Center in Gooding and Minidoka Memorial Hospital in Rupert don’t deliver babies unless it’s an emergency.