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IVF baby born on New Year's Day

Oliver James De Maria is a special baby in more ways than one.

JARROD WHITTAKER January 3, 2014 5:59am

Proud parents: Michael and Elena De Maria with their son Oliver, who was born at 4.11am on New Year's Day.

When Oliver James De Maria arrived at 4.11am on New Year’s Day, the moment was special for his parents Elena and Michael for several reasons.

Not only was Oliver the first baby at Goulburn Valley Base Hospital in 2014, but also he was conceived by IVF.

‘‘He was hard to come into our lives, so he’s a special little boy,’’ Mrs De Maria said.

‘‘To be born yesterday was more touching than anything else.’’

The Mooroopna mother was one of five pregnancies and she admitted she was a little competitive about having the hospital’s first baby of the year.

‘‘After all my hard work I was like, ‘No-one wants to come in that door and beat me’,’’ Mrs De Maria said jokingly.

‘‘I told all the midwives, ‘Do not let one person come in after me now’.’’

While the De Marias are happy and proud parents, Oliver did provide a scare during his delivery.

‘‘We were brought on, everything was doing really well — a quick delivery — and then we found out he got stuck,’’ she said.

‘‘He decided to turn.’’

After an emergency caesarean section, Oliver was born weighing 3.9kg (8lb 10oz).

Mrs De Maria said he was calm through the entire process — maintaining a normal heart beat — despite giving his parents a scare.

‘‘I just stare at him and forget about it, today’s another day,’’ Mrs De Maria said.

‘‘He’s such a good little boy, nothing fazes him.’’

Oliver is a brother for Dylan, five, who is relieved his mother and baby brother are doing well.

‘‘He was anxious, he wanted to meet his brother — he just wanted everything to be okay,’’ she said.

‘‘Oliver got him Lego for a present, so he built that and he went home all happy.’’

She said Oliver’s birth day had given New Year’s Day special significance.

‘‘It’s better than Christmas Day,’’ Mrs De Maria said.

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