First Baby of the New Year


Winchester Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2013

Winchester Hospital welcomed its first baby of the new year on Jan. 1. Hunter Joseph was born to Melissa Parziale of Arlington and Michael Sampson of Stoneham at 2:15 a.m. on Tuesday. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces and was 21 ½ inches long. 

Parziale was at Winchester Hospital since Monday when her water broke 10 minutes before the New Year’s Eve ball dropped. She quickly went into labor and Hunter was born a few hours later.

“The original due date was today, so I thought there was a chance the baby would be coming on New Year’s,” Parziale said.

Both Parziale and Sampson praised the Winchester Hospital Labor & Delivery department and the Mother Baby Unit, along with obstetrician, Franklin Waddell, MD. She also appreciated the basket of goodies hospital staff presented to her for her newborn. Every year, the hospital staff looks forward to the tradition of presenting the basket of baby care items to the family of the first baby in the New Year.

“We loved the maternity ward and everyone has been very nice, I couldn’t be happier,” said Parziale.

About Winchester Hospital

Winchester Hospital delivers nearly 2,000 babies each year and offers education and support services that provide mothers and babies with the specialized care they need before, during and after pregnancy and birth. Winchester Hospital is the first community hospital in Massachusetts to earn Magnet® recognition, the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s highest honor for nursing excellence. As the northwest suburban Boston area’s leading provider of comprehensive health care services, the 229-bed facility provides care in general, bariatric and vascular surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, pulmonary medicine, oncology, radiation oncology, gastroenterology, urology, gynecologic urology, rehabilitation, pain management, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics and a Level IIB Special Care Nursery. Winchester Hospital has clinical affiliations with several nationally recognized hospitals in the region, including Boston Children’s Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. To learn more, visit