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2 New Year’s Day babies arrive in region at 1:02 a.m. Girls born at Sharon Hospital and Vassar Brothers Medical Center

Posted: 1/2/2019

The first babies born in the New Year at Health Quest hospitals share a few things in common: they are both girls, they were both overdue, they have similar names and they were born at 1:02 a.m.

Lana Dyani Dean was born to parents Jessica and Chad Dean of Canaan, Conn., at Sharon Hospital weighing 7 pounds, 7 ounces, and 20 inches long, while Poughkeepsie residents Nicole Mckenna and Christopher Vail welcomed Liana Linda Marie Vail at Vassar Brothers Medical Center, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces, and 20.5 inches long.

The Deans’ due date was Dec. 26, 2018, while Liana Vail was expected on Christmas Eve.

“Because I was overdue, I was scheduled to be induced this Wednesday,” said Jessica Dean, who was also born at Sharon Hospital.

“Jessica arrived to the hospital yesterday afternoon for a scheduled check-up and the doctor admitted her around 4 p.m.,” Chad said. “Before we knew it, she was in labor.”

The couple is as excited as ever to finally meet their newborn, and they look forward to making memories with their baby girl at the beach later this year.

“We are so thankful for a happy and healthy baby, and I am looking forward to Jessica being the mom that she has always wanted to be,” Chad said.

Nicole and Christopher said their newborn, who was due on Christmas Eve, had other plans in mind.

“It’s like she wanted to choose her own birthday,” Mckenna said. Baby Liana is joined by brothers Andrew, 12, Christopher, 8, and Alexander, 4. The couple did not know whether they were having a boy or a girl, but hoped for a baby girl.

“The boys are pretty excited and keep saying they are going to have a new baby,” Vail said. “She is a very special baby.”

To learn more about maternity services at Health Quest, visit healthquest.org/womens-childrens/birth-centers.aspx


Sharon: Parents Jessica and Chad Dean hold their daughter, Lana Dyani, at Sharon Hospital in Sharon, Conn.


Vassar Brothers Medical Center: Nicole Mckenna and Christopher Vail hold their newborn, Liana Linda Marie Vail, at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie.

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