The first babies of 2013 born at Sutter Coast Hospital did not arrive until early Thursday. But good things come in pairs as they were healthy, identical twin boys delivered after their mother was in labor less than an hour.
Izahia and Ezekiel Baliad were born at 4:33 a.m. and 4:37 a.m. respectively.
When Susan Inta, of Crescent City, went into labor just before 2 a.m. Thursday, giving birth to Del Norte's first babies of the New Year was one of the last things on her mind.
Inta was just hoping that she could give birth in Crescent City and not be flown to Medford. During her pregnancy, Inta traveled to Medford at least six times due to medical complications. The twins had twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome, when blood moves from one twin to another, potentially causing problems of a deficiency or excess of blood.
Inta went into labor so quickly thatthere was no choice but to stay in Crescent City.
The twins' father, Steven Baliad, expected the labor to be closer to the 11 hours spent giving birth to their first son, 10-month-old Zayden Baliad. When the father arrived with his mother, Mary Ann Heilwick, after packing a bag of supplies for a long hospital stay, the twins were already lying in the bassinet in each other's arms.
"My labor happened so fast that my significant other was surprised to come in and see two babies," Inta said.
Baliad entered the delivery room and said, '"Wow! Already?'" according to Inta.
"That's a record right there," said grandmother Heilwick. "Most people don't shoot those twins out that fast."
Despite the twin-to-twin transfusion concerns and the babies arriving more than a month before their Feb. 6 due date, they were completely healthy.
"I was so thankful and happy and blessed," Inta said.
"I couldn't ask for anymore than these two. They're so healthy," Heilwick said. "It's been a real miracle."
The Sutter Coast Auxiliary donated a gift basket for the first babies of the year, including two silver baby spoons, quilts, hats, Onesies, diapers and wipes.
"Thanks to all the volunteers and staff at the hospital for helping out and (Dr. Elie) Hobeika for helping with delivery," Inta said.
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