Jace Malay is born Jan. 2 on the way to Providence Newberg Medical Center and is center's first baby of the year

The first baby born at Providence Newberg Medical Center actually arrived before entering the doors of the local hospital.PHOTO COURTESY OF PNMC - Brooke Gregor admires son Jace Malay following his Jan. 2 birth as his parents raced toward the hospital.

Jace Malay (7 pounds 14 ounces and 15 inches long) was not due until Jan. 10, but mother Brooke Gregor went into labor on the afternoon of Jan. 2.

As Gregor and husband Josh Malay raced toward the medical center, the baby made his entrance at about 7:30 p.m.

"They called 9-1-1 and zoomed to the nearest restaurant parking lot, where they were met by EMTs," said Mike Antrim, a spokesman for PNMC.

Mother and child were transported to the medical center; dad soon followed. Jace is the couple's second son.

During a media event Jan. 3, staff nurses presented the family with a gift basket.

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