In cities around the world, revelers welcomed – with great festivities – not only the New Year but also their newest and tiniest residents. The first babies born in 2019 likely were born in Fiji in the Pacific, which at 13 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is one of the earliest time zones to ring in 2019, and the last babies to born at midnight were born likely in either the United States or Canada, one of the last time zones to greet the new year.
Globally, over half of these births are estimated to take place in eight countries: India; China: Nigeria; Pakistan: Indonesia; The United States of America; The Democratic Republic of Congo and Bangladesh.
However too many babies will not survive their first year, or even their first month. 7,000 newborn babies die every day. More than 80 per cent of all newborn deaths are caused by preventable and treatable conditions, including complications due to prematurity or during delivery, and infections like sepsis, meningitis and pneumonia.
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To celebrate all the babies entering the world in 2019, UNICEF sent photographers to 12 countries in 10 different time zones, to document some of the first babies born shortly in each country.
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Rayan Saleh was born at Malalai Maternity Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan at 9 am AFT to Lemah Saleh.
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”I pray that my son grows into a healthy and educated man, and serve our beloved country Afghanistan and the people,” said Lemah, seen here holding baby Rayan.
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At 4:06 pm AEDT, Lincoln Allen McDougall was born at the Canberra Centenary Hospital for Women and Children in Canberra, Australia, to Lilian McDougall.
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Lilian, holding Lincoln, said that she hoped that her son was happy and that the world was happy for him.
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In Brazil, Julia da Silva Reis was born at the Hospital Sofia Feldman in Belo Horizonte at 1:01 am BRST, to Viviane Dos Santos Reis and Rafael da Silva.
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Viviane, who is very happy and feeling relieved, and Rafael, who is very hopeful about providing a future for his daughter, pose with their new daughter.
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Li Xin Yao was born at the Beijing United Family Hospital in Beijing, China at 10:19 am CST, to Xu Hui and Li Min, joining the couple’s first child, big sister Li Xin Rui.
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Li Min, Xu Hui and Li Xin Rui pose with baby Li Xin Yao. "I only wish for my daughter to have a peaceful and healthy life,” said new mother Xu Hui.
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At 3:50 am EST, a baby girl was born at the Hopital de l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to Sara Cléomène and Prilvo Saint-Juste.
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“I feel good now… Regarding the future of my daughter, only God knows what it will be done. I pray first of all for her to be healthy,” said Sarah, seen here with husband Prilvo and baby daughter.
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In India at 12:20 am IST, a baby girl was born at Lady Harding Medical College in New Delhi, to Alka and Thakur Singh.
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Alka Singh poses with her daughter, and a medical support worker. She and husband Thakur feel their daughter is the best New Year’s gift and blessing, and look forward to consulting their priest and naming the baby to give her an auspicious start in life.
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At 7:07 am WIB, Putri Retno Galih and Reza Gilang Pramono welcomed a baby girl at the Rumah Awal Bros Hospital in Bekasi, Indonesia.
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Purtri, seen here holding her daughter said “being a mother at first was never thought of by me… but feeling 9 months of pregnancy… childbirth [and] breastfeeding, made me realize being a mother is the greatest gift and extraordinary deposit from Allah."
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A baby boy was born at 3:57 am GMT, at the Hopital General de Port-Bouet in Abidjan, Ivory Coast to Daurice Guehi and Ibrahim Hotman – the couple’s third child.
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Daurice holds her newborn son. "I'm very happy to have a third child, I feel great and I wish him a good future.”
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The first baby of the year in Nigeria was a baby boy, born at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital, Lagos Central, Nigeria at 12 am WAT to Basirat and Wasiu Adegbesan – the couple’s fourth child.
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"Glory to God for helping me to deliver safely. Though I was not expecting it today, but God made me to deliver the first baby of the year. The baby means joy and God wishes," said Basirat.
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Baby Mohammed was born at Al Shifaa hospital in Gaza City, Palestine at 7:30 am EET to Samia and Moamen.
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New mother Samia holds her son Mohammed. "Nothing can describe how happy I am but I’m worried about my baby’s future,” she said.
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Sofia Karapetyan was born at 2:14 pm CET, at the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus in Barcelona, Spain, to Lilit Grigoryan and Hamlet Karapetyan.
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Lilit, seen here with baby Sofia, said "I feel great. I hope Sofia will have success and [become] a really good person."
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At 5 am EET, a baby boy was born at the Kyiv Perinatal Centre, in Kyiv, Ukraine, to Iryna Dyshlevich and Yevgen Petryk.
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New mother Iryna says her son is “a darling little man. I expect my son to grow up a true man, honest, caring, happy, and healthy – the latter is the most important.”
All of these new parents – and so many others who will welcome babies in 2019 – have a wish for their children to grow up happy and healthy. UNICEF believes that no parents should have to experience the heartbreak of watching their child suffer or die.
By making sure every mother and baby has access to affordable, quality care, we can save newborn lives. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to help give every baby a happy and healthy first year.
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