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Area new year's first babies come into the world a bit early

While most other people were celebrating the new year, at least two expecting mothers in the area were giving birth.

The first baby born at Winchester Medical Center in 2012 was Amora Rose Zapata, born at 3:17 a.m. Sunday, over a month early at 4 lbs., 7 oz. Her mother, Natasha Foley, is from Winchester, while her father, Juan Zapata, is a native of Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Although she was considered a preemie, Natasha Foley said her baby is doing well and came at a great time.

"She came early, but it all worked out," Foley said. "... She's doing really well, so I guess she was ready."

Amora is already bottle feeding and breathing on her own, Foley added.

A few hours later, Damien Joseph Stockton was the first baby born at Warren Memorial Hospital in 2012.

Damien was born at 4:23 p.m. Sunday at 7 lbs., 8.9 oz. and 20.4 inches long.

Father Matthew Stockton of Culpeper and Kristina Galloway of Woodbridge both live in Front Royal now.

The couple came into the hospital around 7 p.m. Saturday but went home because Galloway wasn't fully dilated. They returned around 11:30 p.m., and Galloway was induced around 4 a.m. Sunday. The actual labor process only lasted about 20 minutes, she said.

"The pregnancy portion was more difficult than my first, but I managed," Galloway said.

The due date was Jan. 2.

"We were kind of hoping, and grandma said, 'She's coming on New Year's,'" Matthew Stockton said.

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