MGH Hotline 01.08.10 John Joseph Hayden II is barely a week old, but he’s already made headlines. He entered the world at the MGH only a few minutes after the clock struck midnight -- at 12:06 am -- on Jan. 1, making him the first baby of 2010 and of the decade in the Boston area.

“Johnny New Year”

First Baby of Decade in Boston Area

08/Jan/2010

NEW YEAR, NEW BABY: The Hayden family with their latest addition, John Joseph Hayden II

John Joseph Hayden II is barely a week old, but he’s already made headlines. He entered the world at the MGH only a few minutes after the clock struck midnight -- at 12:06 am -- on Jan. 1, making him the first baby of 2010 and of the decade in the Boston area.

Parents Whitney and Chris originally anticipated John to be a Christmas baby, but instead the newborn made for an unforgettable start to the new year. Named after his late grandfather, John weighed a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces and was 20.25 inches long. His parents were thrilled, as was his sister, two-year-old Sloan.

Whitney had gone into labor on New Year's Eve. When she first came into the hospital around 3 pm, staff monitored the baby and sent her home because the contractions had not progressed. At 9 pm, Whitney’s contractions had fully progressed, and she and her husband drove back to the MGH to deliver the baby, passing throngs of First Night revelers along the way.

Labor and Delivery Unit midwife Anne-Marie Armstrong, CNM, ANP, MSN, along with nurses Susan Holuk, RN, and Sarah Thibodeau, RN, attended the birth. Nurses outside the delivery room door cheered after John was born, nicknaming him “Johnny New Year.” Susan Mulloy, RN, Kate Zimmer, RN, and Alexandria Brennan, RN, provided postpartum care for baby and mother in the Newborn and Family Unit.

“It was wonderful to have so much support and joyfulness during and after John’s birth,” says Whitney. “Everyone here, especially the nurses, were great.”

Learn more about child birthing and obstetrics at Massachusetts General Hospital's Obstetrics Program.