Woman becomes mother on Mother's Day
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) Emily Castro, 20, gave birth to her first child, Aria Grace Castro, early Sunday morning.
Castro was taken to San Joaquin Community Hospital the day before, when she started having contractions. She was sent home but later returned to the hospital once her contractions continued.
At 5 a.m., she gave birth to the healthy baby girl.
The new mother was originally told she was having a baby boy. She even got a three-dimensional prenatal ultrasound. She was surprised at the arrival of a little girl.
"When I found out it was a girl, I was kind of nervous, because I'm not really a girly girl," said Castro.
Aria was originally due on May 7, but instead arrived perfectly in time for Mother's Day. Emily said she received the perfect Mother's Day gift.
"It's a challenge," said Castro. "It's also going to be like probably the best gift I'm ever going to get in my life."
Julia Salazar, Emily's mother, said her daughter has completely changed since finding out she was pregnant.
"Once she found out she was pregnant she immediately went from this young, wild and free, to mommy mode," said Salazar.
She has been giving her daughter a lot of advice and said they are excited to welcome the new baby to the family.
Aria weighs 6 pounds, 7 ounces, and is 18 inches long.
"I'm happy," said Castro. "I'm happy I got a baby on Mother's Day."