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Milwaukee woman more hopeful for future with birth of son born New Year's Day

Posted at 5:14 PM, Jan 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-01 20:38:18-05

MILWAUKEE, WI - Forget the champagne toast and a kiss when the clock strikes 12 --a Milwaukee woman said she had the best new year’s eve ever and she spent it in labor preparing for the birth of her baby boy.

“He’s my blessing and he was born on a special day," Yolanda Cooper-Bledsoe said.

After 10 hours of labor, at 12:04 on Tuesday morning, instead of popping open a bottle of champagne, Cooper-Bledsoe rang in the new year with the birth of her new son.

“That really shocked the heck out of me. I’m like what, it’s 12:04,” Cooper-Bledsoe said.

Clocking in at 7 lbs and 8 ounces, Amel Moore was the first of at least 6 other babies to arrive at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s in Milwaukee on New Year’s Day -something Cooper-Bledsoe said she never would have predicted.

“I thought everybody else was going to go into labor before me. There was a lot of screaming going on last night,” she said.

Amel is Cooper-Bledsoe's thrid child and his name means hope.

So, as she embarks on a new year, with her new child, and a new addition to her family, Cooper-Bledsoe said she’s doing it with more hope in her heart than ever before.

“[I hope he's] a successful strong man,” she said.