First BC Baby of 2007 born to my friends Rod Barham and Mimi Yui


First BC Baby of 2007 born to my friends Rod Barham and Mimi Yui

Here are more news stories about baby Tasha born to my friends Rod Barham and Mimi Yui.  Guess Rod won't be coming out to any kilts night events or dragon boat paddling anytime soon.

New Year’s baby born to Burnaby couple at RCH
Burnaby Newsleader, Canada – 6 hours ago
The Burnaby accountant gave birth to eight-pound Tasha Margaret Barham at 12:03 am New Year’s Day at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster.
2007's first baby arrives at 12:03 24 Hours Vancouver
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Vancouver Sun (subscription)
Accountant surprised by Jan. 1 birth
Vancouver Sun (subscription), Canada – 2 Jan 2007
She phoned her husband, Rod Barham, 43, who was at home with their first child. He picked her up and drove her to Royal Columbian Hospital.

Accountant surprised by Jan. 1 birth

Meet baby Tasha, the Lower Mainland's first newborn of 2007

The first baby of the year, born at 12:03 a.m., Jan. 1, is Tasha, here with mom Mimi Yui.

Doug Ward, Vancouver Sun

Published: Tuesday, January 02, 2007

NEW WESTMINSTER – As she enjoyed dinner on New Year's eve at the
home of a friend, Mimi Yui had no expectation that hours later she
would give birth to the Lower Mainland's first baby of the year, a girl.

The 42-year-old Burnaby accountant was two days overdue but labour did not seem imminent.

“I
didn't think she was going to be born for another week because I didn't
feel anything at all,” said Yui, in her hospital bed, Monday. “I was
very, very surprised.”

Yui began to feel contractions Sunday
night while celebrating with her friend. She phoned her husband, Rod
Barham, 43, who was at home with their first child. He picked her up
and drove her to Royal Columbian Hospital.

The couple arrived at
the hospital at 9:45 p.m. and, as Yui recalled, “things progressed
quickly from there. The pain was getting to be unbearable.”

The
baby was in a posterior position, which meant she had gone down into
the pelvis with the back of her head towards her mother's spine. That
often means a long and painful labour. So the physician and his patient
worked to turn the baby around.

The difficulty of the posterior
position made the labour longer and probably delayed delivery enough
for Tasha to be born in 2007, said Yui. After 31/2 hours of labour, Yui
gave birth to eight-pound Tasha Margaret Barham at 12:03 a.m.

Nursing staff wore party hats as they and the parents welcomed the newborn and the new year.

Tasha spent most of her first day of life sleeping.

“She's a very good baby,” said Yui. “No fussing at all. Totally different from her big brother.”

The couple have a 21-month-old boy, Thomas.

Asked whether she had any New Year's wishes for her baby, Yui said: “I just want her to grow up to be happy and healthy.”

Yui,
whose family immigrated to Canada 30 years ago from Hong Kong, said
that, according to the Chinese calendar, her baby was born in the Year
of the Dog.

People born in the Year of the Dog — it is said in
Chinese traditional lore — have a deep sense of loyalty, are honest
and inspire other people's confidence because they know how to keep
secrets.

dward@png.canwest.com

© The Vancouver Sun 2007


New Year’s baby born to Burnaby couple at RCH

 
 
MARIO BARTEL/NEWSLEADER

Mimi
Yui, of Burnaby, snuggles with her newborn daughter, Tasha Margaret
Barham, the first baby born in the new year, at Royal Columbian
Hospital.


By Grant GrangerNewsLeader
Jan 04 2007

When Mimi Yui had her second child early – very early – Monday morning, her mother found out in a very unusual way.

The Burnaby accountant gave
birth to eight-pound Tasha Margaret Barham at 12:03 a.m. New Year’s Day
at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster. She was the first baby
born in B.C. in 2007. But Yui’s mother didn’t know because she was out
celebrating the new year.

“I tried to call her and I
couldn’t reach her,” said Yui just before being released from RCH.
“[Tuesday] she showed up at hospital and said, ‘Oh I only knew because
your brother saw it on the news.’ That’s how she found out.”

Although she was a couple
of days overdue, Yui felt it would be all right to go to a mom-and-kids
dinner at a friend’s house to celebrate New Year’s Eve. At about 8:30,
however, she started to feel something.

“I still didn’t realize I
was in labour. It was my friend who told me, ‘I think you’re in labour,
better call your husband,’ ” said Yui.

So she called her husband,
Rod Barham, who had just dropped her off, at their home in Simon Fraser
University’s UniverCity. “He said, ‘What? I just rented a video,’ ”
said Yui.

Needless to say, the
video, Casanova, stayed in its package and he picked her up and headed
to RCH. They arrived at 9:45 p.m. and although Tasha was ready to be
born she was coming out in the posterior position and had to be turned
around delaying her birth until after midnight.

“I talked to some other
moms who said make sure she’s born before the New Year because of
problems with school because they’re a year behind [those babies born
in December],” Yui said of giving birth to B.C.’s first baby.

Yui, 42, is employed at an
accounting firm near Granville Island while Barham, 43, works at
Tekion, a fuel cell manufacturer in Lake City. They picked out Tasha
partially because they liked the sound of it and because it made their
first child, 20-month old Thomas, smile every time he tried to say it.

• The first baby born at
Burnaby Hospital was Marko Antonio Medeiros who arrived at 11:16 a.m.
on Jan. 1 weighing seven pounds one ounce. His parents, Juliana and
Roberto Medeiros, live in East Vancouver.

ggranger@burnabynewsleader.com

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