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Peoria baby born at midnight on Jan. 1, 2014

PHOENIX -- It's both a happy new year -- and a happy birthday -- for one Peoria couple and their newborn daughter, Viviana Marie.

"My due date was supposed to be January 3rd," said Dominica Cordova, Viviana's mother. "[The doctors] called me in for an induction and I thought it was going to be on [New Year's Eve]," she added.

It wasn't until Cordova's doctor arrived a few minutes before the stroke of midnight that she realized her baby could be born at exactly the start of 2014.

"We started pushing at 11:58 p.m. and she came out exactly at 12:00 a.m.," Cordova said.

And she wasn't the only one hoping to have her baby right at midnight.

Another mom down the hall at Estrella Banner Hospital in Phoenix was also in labor at the same time.

"We were closer," she recalled. "We knew we had our baby coming."

Sebastian Cordova, the baby's father, is ecstatic to welcome their second child on the first day of 2014.

"I'm very happy that she's healthy," he said. "To be honest, it didn't really make a difference to me if she was born in 2013, as long as she was ok."

Viviana Marie Cordova weighed six pounds, five ounces and measured 19.5 inches.

Viviana will now play the little sister to the Cordovas' one-year-old son.

About the Author

Martha is the traffic controller in the KTAR newsroom. Her full time role is that of Assignment and Breaking News Editor of KTAR News. She oversees daily Breaking News planning and over-the air execution, and puts together the elements that make it happen. She gathers and distributes daily news assignments to reporters and editors. She also reports on a daily basis, anchors news afternoons 1-2p and fills in as anchor occasionally during other time slots. She began working at KTAR in the winter of 2012 as Desk Editor and was promoted to oversee Assignments and Breaking News in 2014. During that time, she received two awards as a journalist. The first was the 2013 APTRA Awards, where she took home 2nd place for Best Serious Future in the "Recycled Orchestra." The second was a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for her collaboration in KTAR's Voice for a Better Arizona Series: Immigration - seeking solutions. In her piece, Martha profiled two Arizona sisters looking for the DREAM. Martha was born in Mazatlan, Mexico. She moved to Arizona in 1996 with her parents and younger sister and has lived here since. She attended Barry Goldwater High School in Phoenix and graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University in Tempe. Prior to working at KTAR news she worked in news and production at Univision Arizona in Phoenix. She also supervised the marketing, catering and public relations department at Hotel Araiza, 5-star hotel in Mexicali, Mexico. She has also been a personal trainer and aerobics instructor. When she isn't in the newsroom or behind the microphone Martha is an avid gym-goer and marathoner. She trains for two races a year and enjoys taking group exercise classes, such as kickboxing, indoor cycling and weight lifting. Martha is married and lives in Surprise, AZ with 2 dogs, Tasha and Elsa, and a cat, Sammy.


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