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Fraternal twins first to be born locally in 2014

Posted: January 1, 2014 12:09 p.m.
Updated: January 1, 2014 12:23 p.m.

Scott and Christine Garrison hold Ruby Isabelle Garrison - the first local baby born in 2014. Ruby's fraternal twin brother Benjamin Martin Garrison (not pictured) was born one minute later. Signal photo by Jim Holt.

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It has to be a good sign when the first baby of the new year is a twin.

Christine and Scott Garrison ushered in 2014 with a “bumper crop” of babies at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, with Ruby Isabelle Garrison born at 12:57 a.m. Jan. 1 and her fraternal twin brother, Benjamin Martin Garrison, born one minute later.

Ruby was weighed at 5 pounds 4 ounces and her brother at 4 pounds 7 ounces.  Both newborns are healthy and both parents happy.  

The Garrisons were expecting the babies to be born Jan. 10 but were surprised when they arrived early.

“Ruby was born first by one minute, and Ben came next,” Christine told The Signal Wednesday morning from her hospital bed, with Ruby sleeping quietly on her chest.

Benjamin, who was born so tiny, was placed by nurses in the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where they could monitor his progress.

“Because he’s so small he had labored breathing,” Scott said. “So, he’s over in neonatal unit while they observe him.

“All his vital signs are good,” he said. “They’re just watching him because he was such a small baby.”

The Garrison’s other son, Jacob, 2, is expected to visit his parents and new siblings today.

“He has no idea what’s in store,” his mother said, referring to Jacob.  “But, he’ll learn quickly.”

Christine Garrison, who grew up in the Santa Clarita Valley, moved with her family - then just three individuals - to Stevenson Ranch from North Carolina in September.

Henry Mayo’s 11-bed NICU is equipped and staffed for a full range of highly-specialized neonatal care, according to hospital information.

The $6 million Kim and Steven Ullman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit opened in June 2012. It offers private, temperature-controlled rooms designed and built to provide each infant the developmentally appropriate environment that he or she requires ­­— from warm lighting to sound barriers.


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