Alberni welcomes first baby of 2015

Jennifer Adena Douglas was born at 4:36 a.m. at West Coast General Hospital

Dale Douglas and Stacey Croft welcome Port Alberni's first baby born in 2015

Dale Douglas and Stacey Croft welcome Port Alberni's first baby born in 2015

When Stacey Croft was admitted to West Coast General Hospital at 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day, she had no idea that in less than two hours she would give birth to Port Alberni’s official New Year’s baby for 2015.

Jennifer Adena Douglas made her grand entrance at 4:36 a.m., a day before her due date. She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.

“I was surprised she was the New Year’s baby,” said Croft, adding that she knew there were a couple of women who came into the maternity ward after she did.

Jennifer is Croft’s third child—Croft has a son, Raymond, 6, and daughter Amber, 3—and father Dale Douglas’ fifth.

British Columbia’s first baby, a boy, was born five seconds after midnight at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock. Vancouver Island’s first baby, also a boy, was born to a Ladysmith couple at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital at 1:10 a.m.

The Ministry of Health expects 44,000 babies to be born in B.C. in 2015.