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Teen couple welcomes Southern Regional’s firstborn of 2014

Jasmine Brown's newborn daughter, Naila, was the first born in 2014 at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale. (Special Photo)

Jasmine Brown's newborn daughter, Naila, was the first born in 2014 at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale. (Special Photo)

RIVERDALE — Jasmine Brown and Tyler Bishop welcomed their firstborn child mere hours into the new year.

The Jonesboro couple’s daughter was born at 2:16 a.m., weighing 7 pounds, 14 ounces and stretching 19 inches long. The child is the first to be born this year at Southern Regional Medical Center in Riverdale.

Brown said her daughter, Naila, came through an induced labor 10 days after her due date and a few days after her 19th birthday Dec. 27.

“I wasn’t afraid. I was anxious to get her out,” said Brown, who endure about 10 hours of labor.

She said the baby’s late arrival left only a few short hours for Bishop, also 19, to bond with her before heading back to military police training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The Marine returned to base Thursday.

“She’s a very smart baby, and she’s very alert,” said Brown. “She’s got a head full of hair.”

The birth of their first child is the latest in some big steps the pair have taken since graduating in May from their respective schools — Brown from Mundy’s Mill High and Bishop from Jonesboro High.

“I want for her to just become a very intelligent young woman and to do better than I did — because I had her in my teens,” said Brown. “I just want her to be very successful.”

The new mother explained her primary responsibilities are not to herself anymore but to provide “love and support” to her daughter. This she said as she thought up a belated New Year’s resolution “just to do right by my child.”