“Surprised” and “excited” were the words Mohammed and Dina Al-Ameri used to describe how they felt when they learned that their new daughter Fatima was the first baby born in Toronto for 2019.
“I really wasn’t looking at the time and thought maybe she was born a few minutes after midnight, so I was shocked when the nurse told me that she was born just eight seconds into the New Year,” said Dina.
Dina’s due date was originally January 6, but she went into labour the morning of December 31.
“By the evening Dina told me she needed to go to the hospital as soon as possible. We arrived at about 10 p.m. and Fatima was born with the New Year’s Eve fireworks. It was the best New Year’s ever,” explained Mohammed with a smile.
Fatima – who was born at a healthy 6 pounds – is Mohammed and Dina’s second child and also the second the Ajax couple has delivered at Scarborough Health Network (SHN). Their 14-month-old son Alashtar was born at the General hospital.
“The care here is the best,” said Mohammed. “The doctors and nurses do everything they can to make the experience as easy as possible for the mom.”
Dina agrees. “Dr. [Ahlam] Yanni has been my doctor for both of my pregnancies and she and all of the staff have been amazing and very helpful.”
For Dr. Yanni, it’s the welcoming environment, as well as the top notch care, that make SHN exceptional. “We have so many patients who tell us that when they come here it feels like home and that’s exactly how comfortable we want them to be,” she explained.
While Mohammed and Dina admit that Alashtar and Fatima may well be joined by another sibling in the years to come, for now they are grateful to be starting 2019 as a happy and healthy family of four.
“We are truly blessed,” said Mohammed.