Bellevue Women's Center welcomes first local birth of 2017

Amanah Santos was born at 12:01 a.m. at Bellevue Women's Center in Niskayuna. Amanah Santos was born at 12:01 a.m. at Bellevue Women's Center in Niskayuna. | Photo: WNYT.

January 01, 2017 05:26 PM

NISKAYUNA – The first baby born in 2017 in the Capital Region came about as early as possible: 12:01 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Amanah Santos was born just after the stroke of midnight at Bellevue Women's Center, which is run by Ellis Hospital in Schenectady. Amanah, a name that means “trust,” was not due until later this week but after her mother’s water broke around 7:30 a.m. on New Year’s Eve, no one expected her to debut more than 16 hours later.

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"I had no idea, I didn't think she was going to be a New Year's,” said new mom Maryam Ally-Santos. “I was hoping for just a short labor and delivery.”

“She was actually due on the fourth,” said dad Richard Santos.

But when they called their doctor on Saturday, he told the Santos’s to cancel their New Year's Eve plans, you have new ones. As parents know, the kids make the rules now. But Amanah, 8 lbs. and 18” long, made them wait till just after the stroke of midnight when she was delivered by Dr. Moon.

Richard Santos is an I.T. specialist for IBM and his hobby is breeding and showing American Bullies dogs. His kennel name is Smokin' Barrel Bullies and it has produced multiple National Grand Champions and Champions, he said.

“We'll get to celebrate this moment every year. It's priceless,” said Maryam Ally-Santos, who runs a not-for-profit clothing like called “The Hijab Movement.”

The Santos’ live in Cohoes and Maryam’s family is from Tanzania and was able to video conference after the birth and surprised them with their first granddaughter.



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