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Rowan's first baby of the year

Guadalupe Velazquez Perez couldn’t wait to join her big brothers Daniel, 9, and Marc Anthony, 4.
The first baby born at Rowan Regional Medical Center this year, Guadalupe, arrived 14 days early. She was born about 11:50 p.m. on New Year’s Day.
Third-time parents Maria Perez and Daniel Velazquez of Salisbury were planning to have a relaxing day, until Maria went into labor. She arrived a Rowan Region about 10:20 p.m. Saturday.
Mom and Dad are excited to have a baby girl and wish her good health. They received a gift basket from Smart Start Rowan and its supporters to help care for the new baby at home. The basket, valued at $1,000, is packed with a variety of gifts from local merchants.
Smart Start Rowan is designed to provide programs and services for young children and families in Rowan County.
The family plans to celebrate the New Year’s birth with local family members. Mother and baby are doing very well.
An estimated 1,700 babies are born in Rowan County each year.

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