Scarborough family Habiba Qasemi and Mohammad Amini rang in the new year welcoming Scarborough Health Network’s (SHN) first baby of 2023.

Mother, Habiba Qassimi, said this is her third child, but their first born in Canada.

“We’ve been in Canada for about a year, and we were just so happy! My husband kept joking that I would be delivering the first child of 2023, and he was right,” she laughed.

The couple gave birth to daughter Gaty, born at 12:15 a.m., January 1, at SHN General Hospital’s nationally recognized Family Birthing Centre.

“Our delivery nurse was named Nan, and she was just amazing – so sweet and caring, I can’t thank her enough for her kindness and guidance,” said Habiba. 

SHN’s family birthing centres were described as the perfect choice, by Habiba.  Recognized for providing culturally sensitive, respectful, and responsive care, SHN’s Centenary and General hospitals provide inclusive and meaningful experience that respects families’ personal, cultural and spiritual choices.

“Our entire experience at SHN was great. My family doctor recommended this birthing centre, and all the nurses, the delivery doctor and RNs on staff during my delivery New Years’ Eve were incredible.”

In addition to providing a safe and respectful space for all families, SHN’s birthing centres are also able to look after newborns as premature as 30 weeks gestation.

But for these new parents, they were discharged the next day and are at home with their new baby girl. 

“One day my daughter will grow up, and she will be able to come here and see where it all started,” she added.

“But most of all, I am just so happy she was safe and healthy” said Qassimi​​​​​​​