First New York City babies of 2016 arrived right at midnight

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Mallory Hoff has the story. (WABC)

The first New York babies of 2016 came into the world just in time to greet the new year.

Baby boy Zayden Noel arrived right at midnight Friday, weighing 7 pounds 1 ounce. His mother, Stephanie Diaz, gave birth at Coney Island Hospital in Brooklyn; it's the second child she's had at NYC Health and Hospitals/Coney Island.

The two are doing well. "While she was giving birth I was standing by her side as the ball was dropping like 5,4,3,2,1, my son came out like here I'm here," said the father, Paul Staley.

In an emotional moment, the child's mom and dad introduced him to his older brother.

"They were trying to get my attention to say look it's 12 and everyone celebrating and I am just trying to get my baby," said Stephanie. "I knew he was coming January 1 that was his his due date, I didn't expect him to come exactly at 12 though."

New York City Health + Hospitals/Coney Island also had the first baby in the public health system in 2015. Baby Maxim was born to Olena and Vasyl Olenyukh of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

Another first baby of the New Year, also born at midnight, arrived at Northwell Health's Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens.

The baby boy, who has not yet been named, was born to Daniella and Eli Malakov, of Forest Hills.

"It was exciting, it was really exciting. It was shocking," said Daniella. "I was like oh my gosh is this going to be the first baby?".

His nurse says he was born at exactly 12 midnight.

"We've gotten very used to timing milliseconds and seconds, everybody's looking for that New Year's baby," said labor and delivery nurse Pat Garofalo. "So we were very shocked that this baby was delivered and out exactly as it struck 12 with no seconds at all. "

And 31 seconds into the New Year, right down the hall from Malakov, Vanessa and Joseph Sparacio welcomed Austin.

"This is exciting for us, a little overwhelming, it's been a great experience here," said Vanessa.

The hospital's new name, Northwell Health, is celebrated in a new ad campaign, shot in real time during Austin's birth. He is one of 42,000 babies that will be delivered at Northwell hospitals in 2016.

Now all of these families will share joy of a new year and new life in 2016.

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