New year, new babies

Luke Timothy Raines came into the world just seven minutes - some 420 seconds - after the clock struck midnight and New Year's celebrations across the region jumped into full swing.

Luke was on time, arriving on his due date at the Chester County Hospital in West Chester.

He was the region's first baby born in 2009, weighing in at 8 pounds 10 onces. This morning Luke, his mother and father, Christine and Timothy Raines, older sisters Emma, 4, and Morgan, 2, were all doing well.

Not long after three baby girls were born in South Jersey hospitals. The first came at Virtua West Jersey Hospital Vorhees at 12:24 a.m.

Then at 12:56 a.m. Anna McCracken gave birth to another girl at Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Washington Township. Dena Ray McCracken weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 oz. and 19.5 inches long.

One minute later, another baby girl was born at Underwoood Memorial Hospital in Woodbury.

Philadelphia's first baby arrived at 12:44 a.m. at Pennsylvania Hospital.


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