Vidant welcomes first babies born in 2018

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - The start of a new year means a new beginning for some, especially for new parents who rang in the new year, not out at a party, but in a delivery room.

Just a few hours after midnight, Brian and Victoria Outlaw were busy starting their year off welcoming a daughter, their first child, into the world.

"This is a new way to start off the year, I guess, the first day of the year," says the proud father.

"And it's exciting for us," Victoria tells WITN. "We just moved into a new house, so we can fill up one of the bedrooms and we're just ready for that new role."

Peyton Outlaw, born 7 pounds 3 ounces, arrived into the world at 3:41 a.m. on January 1, 2018. She was the second baby born in 2018 at Vidant Medical Center.

"To have her here with us, it's just a feeling I can't describe," Victoria says.

Delivering more than 3,600 babies every year, Women's Services at Vidant Medical Center is the largest birthing center in eastern North Carolina.

For the people who work there, delivering babies is a rewarding job any day, but occasions like this are a little extra special.

"I wouldn't like to do anything else, this is definitely a rewarding job, helping babies come into the world safely, so I think I get as much gratitude or more than anything else I could be doing," explains Sarah Sears, a certified nurse midwife.

Despite the unique birthday, Victoria says what's really important to them is, "I'm just glad she's here. I've waited a long time for this."

The first baby born at Vidant came at 1:52 a.m.

Women's Services at Vidant is not only the largest birthing center in the east but also serves as the regions referral center for high-risk pregnancies.