She’s a New Year’s Day miracle.
The first baby born in New York City in 2018 almost didn’t come — little Kazi Ariana stopped growing more than a week before her Jan. 10 due date, sending her proud new parents-to-be rushing to the hospital two days before New Year’s to embark on a labor that’d end up lasting more than 30 hours.
“The doctor said to come to the hospital immediately or she would [lose] her child … [I] was so worried,” new dad Imran Nazir, 28, told The Post.
But in a miraculous turn of events, new mom Tania Shirin, 25, was able to have a natural childbirth right at the stroke of midnight. Ariana was born at 12:01 a.m., weighing in at 4 pounds, 11 ounces, and both she and Mom are perfectly healthy, hospital officials said.
“This is my miracle baby. This is my blessed baby,” said Nazir, a taxi driver and student at York College from Bangladesh.
“Praise the Almighty. I cried [when I first saw her] … I saw her little fingers, I felt very happy.”
Shirin went through a grueling 30 hours of labor — at some points telling her young husband she was on the verge of death.
“She was in so much pain she told me, ‘I am going to die. I can’t tolerate the pain. Forgive me,’” Nazir recounted to The Post as baby Ariana snoozed peacefully in a bassinet beside him.
“She was so tired because it had been almost 30 hours. She didn’t sleep, she did not eat. She lost her voice.”
Shirin needed medication to induce the early labor, but it wasn’t enough — after six hours, she’d only dilated to 4 centimeters, and 10 is needed for natural childbirth. She was told to prepare for a C-section.
At the last minute, Shirin dilated to 10 centimeters at 11:40 p.m., 20 minutes before New Year’s.
“You are going to have a New Year’s baby!” the excited hospital staff told the parents as they rushed to prepare Shirin for labor.
In a New York minute, Ariana was born at 12:01 a.m., sending a crowd of doctors, nurses and other hospital staff cheering, clapping and celebrating the first birth of the year.
“It was a big celebration. Not only the doctors and nurses shouting but all the staff, they came, we clapped. We all celebrated … we felt so amazed. We felt special,” Nazir said.
“I was crying but I’m so happy now,” said the new mom, still drowsy from painkillers after the arduous birth. Her English is limited after emigrating from Bangladesh earlier this year, but doctors say she is…