NEWS | January 1, 2013

UC Davis Medical Center welcomes area's first baby born in 2013


Allison Donecker and her husband Brian rang in the new year in memorable fashion. Their new son, John, was born at 12:20 a.m. at UC Davis Medical Center, making him the Sacramento area’s first baby of 2013.

Allison Donecker with newborn son, John. Allison Donecker with newborn son, John.

The Doneckers, who reside in the San Joaquin County town of Tracy, arrived yesterday at the medical center in the late afternoon. Having a New Year’s baby was not something they were really thinking about until their labor and delivery team started cheering just after midnight.

“We didn’t care about the time,” said Allison, adding that she focused on breathing during her labor and not on the fact that the event carried extra-special significance. “We just wanted a perfect baby.”

Baby John, who is named after his grandfather, weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. He’s the Donecker’s second child, and their second son. Both mom and little John are doing very well and are expected to return home in the next day or two.

UC Davis Medical Center is a comprehensive academic medical center where clinical practice, teaching and research converge to advance human health. Centers of excellence include the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center; the region's only Level 1 pediatric and adult trauma centers; the UC Davis MIND Institute, devoted to finding treatments and cures for neurodevelopmental disorders; and the UC Davis Children's Hospital. The medical center serves a 33-county, 65,000-square-mile area that stretches north to the Oregon border and east to Nevada. It further extends its reach through the award-winning telemedicine program, which gives remote, medically underserved communities throughout California unprecedented access to specialty and subspecialty care. For more information, visit