It’s a girl!
Happy, healthy and a little ahead of schedule – she wasn’t due to debut for another three weeks – baby Aziya Dream Shingler weighed in at 5 pounds, 10 ounces following 17 hours of contractions for relieved mom Tamari Gardner, 24, and a New Year’s Eve to remember for proud papa Aaron Shingler, 25.
Aziya is the first of what promises to be many Northwell Health deliveries in 2018. The health system, New York State’s largest by numbers of patients and providers, estimates that it performed northward of 40,000 deliveries in 2017.
The maternity team at LIJ’s Katz Women’s Hospital keeps particularly busy, delivering 9,100-plus babies in 2016 (the last year with a complete count) – more than any other facility in New York, according to Northwell Health.
“LIJ’s state-of-the-art facility is truly designed to create a unique experience for the expectant parents,” Margaret Murphy, chief nursing officer at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, said in a statement. “We are proud to have delivered the first baby in 2018 and offer our congratulations to the Shingler family.”
Aziya was also the first of what proved to be several Long Island New Year’s babies, with hospitals in West Islip, Stony Brook and Port Jefferson all welcoming new arrivals within the first 65 minutes of 2018.