Oakwood welcomes first baby of 2012

Oakwood Healthcare, Inc. welcomed the first baby of 2012 shortly after the clocks marked the start of the New Year.

Gabriela Mandernach was born at 12:09 a.m. on Jan. 1 at the Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center (OHMC), weighing 6 lbs. 8 oz and measuring 20 inches long. She was an early gift to her parents, Thomas Mandernach and Catalina Rojas of Lincoln Park. Her due date was Jan. 10.

“She was just having pains, no contractions or anything,” said Mandernach. “But they ended up keeping her and the next thing we knew, here (Gabriela) was.”

Mandernach has a 13-year old son and Rojas has two daughters, aged 3 and 7. Gabriala is the couples’ first baby together.