The first child to be born this year in the greater Quebec City area, little Laurent, is in great shape, much to the relief of his parents who were a little nervous about their son coming into the world in the midst of a pandemic. .
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“In the end, it went really well. The pregnancy was perfect, the delivery too. The doctor was amazing, ”said Dominic Beaumont, exiting the hospital room on Friday afternoon.
His wife, Sarah Blanchet, gave birth to their second child at 12:01 and 47 seconds, at the Hôtel-Dieu in Lévis.
Little Laurent thus marks history by seeing the first baby to be born in 2021 in Chaudière-Appalaches, but also throughout the greater Quebec City region.
However, things were not planned that way at all. The 7-pound, 6-ounce (3.45 kg) infant was due to show up on December 26.
“He was eagerly awaited!” joked Mr. Beaumont, an employee of the Mouvement Desjardins in Lévis.
Stress during pregnancy
The happy dad feared he would not be able to attend his arrival due to health restrictions. Mum had to wait longer than usual for her first ultrasound due to outages in hospitals during the first wave of COVID-19.
“We also wondered what could happen to the child, if the mother ever caught the virus,” added Beaumont.
In the end, all’s well that ends well and he was able to accompany his wife until the end.
The couple’s only wish now: for their son to grow up in a world less tormented than that of the past nine months.
This is most likely the wish of all those who will become parents at the start of 2021.
The first baby of the year for all of Quebec was born a few minutes before Laurent, at midnight sharp, at the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal. Little Arthur – 7.2 pounds – was also delayed, giving birth several hours.
For the Capitale-Nationale region, it took 17 minutes after midnight for the stork to pass. Édouard was born in Saint-François d’Assise Hospital, weighs just under 7 pounds and is 20 inches (50.8 cm) tall.