Nashua’s first baby of 2018 comes early for Nnamerenwa family

Staff photo by Adam Urquhart John Nnamerenwa, left, holds 2-year-old Ifeomaunique, while Marselle, right, stands by his mother, Gifty, in the delivery room at St. Joseph Hospital. The Nnamerenwa family welcomed baby Gifty into the world at 1:46 a.m. Monday. She was the first baby born in Nashua for 2018.

NASHUA – Baby girl Gifty Nnamerenwa was Nashua’s first baby born of 2018.

Born at 1:46 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph Hospital her mother, Gifty, and father, John, rang in the new year with an addition to their family.

Gifty, who shares the same name as her mother, is the fourth child in the family. Baby Gifty came three months and 19 days early – she just couldn’t wait for her April 19 due date.

The premature birth – Gifty weighs in at 1 pound, 1 ounce – took place at St. Joseph’s and transportation to Elliot Health System followed.

“We’re excited she came so early,” John said. “She’s safe and okay.”

Over the weekend, the mother Gifty was experiencing contractions.

She said Friday was worse than Saturday.

Although the contractions had calmed down some Saturday, they were still off and on into Sunday.

Sunday evening, the family went out to dinner. On their way home she began experiencing contractions here and there. The kids were dropped off at home while John and Gifty went to the hospital.

Gifty said she sometimes gets a feeling when something bad is going to happen, but there was a different feeling going into the delivery room Sunday night.

“I had a good feeling I was going to be okay,” Gifty said.

Also, down the road from St. Joseph another child was born at the start of 2018 at Southern New Hampshire Medical Center.

SNHMC Resource Nurse Marilyn Asselin said they had a delivery at 6:11 a.m. New Year’s Day.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or