First of 2022

Tyesha Lewis holds her baby, Amarion, the first baby born at Maria Parham Health in 2022. Amarion arrived at 8:26 a.m. on Jan. 1.


Amarion Lewis was due on Jan. 6. But his internal calendar must have told him to “hurry up.”

That’s what he did, and as a result he was the first baby born at Maria Parham Health in 2022.

He arrived on Jan. 1 at 8:26 a.m., weighing in at 5 pounds, 9 ounces, “a little fellow,” said Donna Young, coordinator of marketing and communications at Maria Parham.

Amarion’s mother is Tyesha Lewis. She said he was not premature, just “a little early.”

He joins a 4-year-old brother and 1-year-old sister in the Lewis household.

Lewis said she is getting help from her mother and father, and from her grandparents.

The older brother and sister play with Amarion. All he does is eat and sleep, according to his mother.

But Amarion wasn’t the only holiday baby. Exactly one week before — on Christmas Day — Deajah and Anthony McMillan were gifted with a new child.

Deajah McMillan told The Dispatch she went into labor as she was driving to her mother’s house in Durham for Christmas dinner. When she got there, her mother immediately drove her back up I-85 to Maria Parham Health. They got there at 2:30 p.m. and baby girl Ameerah arrived three hours later, weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

“If I’d stayed for dinner, I wouldn’t have made it,” McMillan said.

“She was the only baby born at Maria Parham on Christmas Day,” McMillan added.

“They put her in a Christmas stocking.”

She and Anthony have one other child, a son who will be 2 in February.

The seasonal activity was not unusual for Maria Parham Health. The hospital is staffed with board-certified physicians, certified nurse midwives and women’s health nurse practitioners to assist a woman through pregnancy and the birth of her child. They deliver more than 500 babies each year.

But only one can claim the distinction of being the first baby of the year.

And being the only baby born on Christmas Day is pretty special, too.

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