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Portland metro area welcomes first babies of 2016

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Gemma Eileen McDowell, born at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2016. Gemma Eileen McDowell, born at 12:01 a.m. Jan. 1, 2016.
TUALATIN, OR (KPTV) -

The new year is here and the Portland metro area's first babies of 2016 arrived in the early hours of Jan. 1.

Officials from Providence Health Services said a baby girl, named Gemma Eileen McDowell and born at 12:01 a.m. at Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center, appears to be the first birth of the new year in the area.

Baby Gemma is the third for parents Stacey and Matthew McDowell of Molalla.

Other New Year's Day babies followed shortly thereafter. Providence Portland Medical Center delivered its first baby at 12:02 a.m. and a baby was born at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center at 12:28 a.m.

Legacy Meridian Park Medical Center delivered an 8 pound baby boy at 1:49 a.m.

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