2021's first baby something special for two pandemic frontline workers

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At a time when health-care workers have become the frontline faces of the pandemic, it's only fitting that married London doctors welcomed the city’s first baby of 2021.

Mom Alanna Gilmour and dad Joe Gabriel welcomed a newborn girl, yet to be named, at 12:30 a.m. New Year’s Day at Victoria Hospital.

“We’re feeling elated and relieved,” Gabriel said from their hospital room Friday.

The little girl, weighing in at nine pounds and six ounces, is the couple’s first child.

Both Gilmour and Gabriel are physicians at London Health Sciences Centre and have worked during the pandemic.

“We’re really happy that there weren’t any complications related to COVID that kept me out of the delivery room,” Gabriel said. “I’m sure the pandemic added some weird things, but for us, she’s still just our first-born kid and we love her so much.”

The new dad said the couple plans to take some time to nurture their new baby and “just be together.”

As part of a long-standing tradition for the new year’s first baby, Shoppers Drug Mart donated a gift basket to the couple and the Children’s Health Foundation and the London Health Sciences Foundation gave a teddy bear and blanket.

Six thousand babies are delivered at LHSC each year, an average of roughly 16 a day.



Max Martin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press