First Augusta baby of New Year a girl

Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 3:36 PM
Last updated Thursday, Jan. 2, 2014 1:39 AM
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Not once during her 14-hour delivery did it cross Lateshia Peak’s mind that she might be having Augusta’s first baby of 2014.

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Lateshia Peak holds her daughter, She-Miah, at University Hospital. She-Miah was born at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.  DOUG STUTSMAN/SPECIAL
Lateshia Peak holds her daughter, She-Miah, at University Hospital. She-Miah was born at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday.

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“I just kept telling myself to remain calm and stay focused,” Peak, 20, said. “Never in a million years did I think I’d have the first baby of the new year. I never considered it.”

However, one minute after midnight, Peak gave birth to her first child, daughter She-Miah Peak, weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces.

She-Miah was born at University Hospital.

“When the nurse told me I had the first baby of 2014, I immediately started crying tears of joy,” the T.W. Josey High School graduate said. “This is by far the greatest day of my life.”

Peak received multiple gifts from University, including a Christmas stocking, an embroidered University Health Center robe and a box of 60 diapers.

“The gifts were very thoughtful, but I’m just happy to have a healthy baby,” Peak said. “That’s all that matters.”

Peak’s original due date was Jan. 3, but aunt Pamela Walden said she knew She-Miah would be a New Year’s Day baby.

“We had a cousin, Rodriquez Murray, suddenly pass away on Aug. 15 and his birthday was on New Year’s Day,” Walden said. “He would have turned 39 today and all along I knew that God was going to bless us with another New Year’s Day gift. I just had a gut feeling and I’m so happy it turned out this way. Our wish came true.”

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nocnoc 01/01/14 - 06:47 pm
CobaltGeorge 01/01/14 - 11:22 pm
Big Moment

My 3rd son was the first one born 1962 in the state of Maryland at Fort George G. Meade.

MaMa got a picture taken and I got a Big bottle of Champagne.

lifelongresident 01/02/14 - 10:45 am

"she-miah"?!?!?!?!?!?...really, well i shouldn't be surprised looking at "da baby's momma's name.....typical ebonic-ethnic sounding names...lets track the baby for the next 15 years and chances are the following would have happened...

The mom:
1) still on welfare/gubiment assistence
2) still not educated
3) still not employed
4) still not married
5) 3-5 other children by different "baby daddies"
6) still living in dogwood terrace/cooney circle/olmstead homes/or the project/gov't housing located on east boundry.

1) high school drop-out
2) pregnant
3) "libbin wit momma"
4) collected welfare
5) already has one older child

the signs are all there, 20 years old single parent, the child is just one of the 70% of black children born into single parent households with is the gateway to poverty and since the poor little child is female she will grow up in an environment were she see her mom is not married, under-educated (of course whe will be going to "augusta tech" to learn how to do hair) different men and possibly she becoming pregnant again. children imitatge what they see, so chances are she will become pregnant at a young age thusly continuing the cycle of unwed births, lack of education/job skills, and government dependence.....and this we sad, glad the mother and child are healthy but what else is there to smile about when the child is one of the over 70% of black children born to a single-parent household which most are dependent upon the gov't welfare state for basic needs


stuaby 01/02/14 - 06:34 pm
You've got be kidding me...

Wasn't there someone somewhere in that hospital who could've advised this woman against naming her child She-Miah?

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