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Corina Aiyana Limon, born at 5:47 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Corina Aiyana Limon, born at 5:47 a.m. on New Year's Day. (Courtesy of Yokosuka Naval Hospital)

As they’d say in Japan, ohayo gozaimasu!

Or as they might say at Yokosuka Naval Hospital, good morning, New Year’s baby of 2003!

Yokosuka claimed the first baby to make its way into the world from Pacific U.S. military installations this year.

Corina Aiyana Limon was born at 5:47 a.m. — although she had to be coaxed, sort of, into accepting the honor.

Corina’s mother, Petty Officer 2nd Class Ramona Limon, assigned to the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, Far East, said she was in for testing because she was a few days overdue, then the nurse told her labor would have to be induced.

“It caught me off guard, but that’s how she came about,” Limon said.

Corina’s father, Petty Officer 2nd Class Edgardo Limon, from the USS Blue Ridge, said the hospital’s staff was very professional.

“They encouraged us to ask questions. They answered all the questions we had,” he said.

“They keep coming in and seeing how the baby’s doing. The nurses are real cool with my wife. They were encouraging her and telling her it would be all right. I think it was really, really good.”

Ramona Limon said her daughter’s names come from her American Indian heritage.

“She’s named after my mother Corina, and her middle name is Aiyana. It’s Native American for ‘eternal bloom,’” she said. “My mom is Native American. When I called her and told her my baby’s name is Corina, she cried and had to regain her composure. She handed the phone to my grandma.”

The attending physician was Lt. Cmdr. Christopher Reed, the head of obstetrics and gynecology; the primary care provider was Lt. Paul Hladon, a family medicine physician, said hospital spokesman Bill Doughty.

“Dr. Hladon helped me through a lot of it. He said, ‘Don’t worry, it’s OK,’” Ramona said. “He got me through that stage of the game.”

Hladon said the hospital delivers about 600 babies a year.

For those planning to have babies this year, he said, “I think Yokosuka, if anything, is a perfect choice to consider such a decision rather than having any anxieties about being overseas or in another country.”

As to deliveries, “I think as a team we accomplish it very well.”

The New Year’s baby crop at Pacific bases was small this year.

The U.S. Naval Hospital on Guam reported no Jan. 1 births, according to Capt. Susan Widhalm, the hospital’s executive officer.

That also was true of Yokota Air Base and U.S. military medical facilities in South Korea, according to medical clinic officials.

But Alexander Marino Chaney arrived in time to be the first baby born on Okinawa this year. The 9-pound, 1-ounce boy was born at 10:59 p.m. on Jan. 1 at Okinawa’s U.S. Naval Hospital to Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin R. Chaney and his wife Sheila.

— Jeremy Kirk, Mark Oliva and Jennifer H. Svan contributed to this report.


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