Northwestern Medicine Hospitals Welcome Their First Babies of 2015

Northwestern Medicine
News January 02, 2015

Kanthi Krishnaswamy with her new son, Vedanth Arun

Vedanth is the second child for Krishnaswamy and her husband, Arun Balakrishnan, who also have a five-year-old son.

“I am in love, all over again,” said Krystle while holding Matthew in her arms.

Later on in the day, Matthew was surrounded by family including his older siblings who were happy to meet their new baby brother for the first time.

Further up north in Lake Forest, Ill., Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital delivered its first baby of 2015 when Kanthi Krishnaswamy gave birth to her new son, Vedanth Arun, at 8:56 a.m. on Jan. 1.

Krystle Hernandez and Carlos Hower holding their baby boyKrystle Hernandez and Carlos Hower with their son Matthew Jay Hower

It was 2:04 a.m. on Jan. 1, when Northwestern Medicine’s first baby of 2015, Matthew Jay Hower, arrived on the scene. The baby’s mother, Krystle Hernandez, said that it was just after celebrating the first few seconds of the new year that she knew it was time to deliver her baby.

“Twelve o'clock hit and I went to go give Carlos and his mom a kiss, and my water just broke,” said Krystle.

Carlos Hower, Krystle’s boyfriend and Matthew’s father, took Krystle to Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital as quickly as he could from their North Side Chicago home and shortly afterward their new son Matthew was born, weighing 5 lbs and 13 ounces. 

“It is really wonderful, like my New Year’s gift” said Krishnaswamy. “What a great way to start a year.” 

New Years baby, Makako CakayamaNorthwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital's New Year's baby, Makako Cakayama

Just a few minutes later, Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva, Ill., delivered its first New Year’s baby at 9:25 a.m. on Jan.

  1. The baby girl, Makiko Takayama, was welcomed by her mother Jona and father Ricky of the same last name.

Zachary and Amanda Somers with their new baby girlZachary and Amanda Somers with their new baby girl, Evelyn Somers

At Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield, Ill., Amanda Somers gave birth to the hospital’s first baby of the new year at 4:15 a.m. The baby girl, Evelyn Somers, was welcome warmly by her family and hospital staff.

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