LP couple has first baby of new year

Photo courtesy of Oakwood Healthcare System

Gabriela Mandernach was the first baby born in the new year at Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center, born at 12:09 a.m. Jan. 1 to Catalina Rojas (left) and Thomas Mandernach of Lincoln Park.

DEARBORN — Oakwood Hospital & Medical Center 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. Jan. 1 at OHMC, weighing 6 pounds 8 ounces 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,” Mandernach said. “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 couple’s first baby together.