Sparks Health System is happy to announce the birth of the hospital’s first baby of the New Year

Little Izabella was born to proud mother Martha Sanchez and father Ismael Elizondo, of Fort Smith, at 4:59 p.m. Wednesday.

She weighs 7 pounds, 1 ounce and is 20 inches long. Both baby and mom are happy and healthy.

Two gift baskets filled with diapers and items for the newborn were given to Izabella and her family courtesy the Sparks Auxiliary, Dillard’s and Jennifer’s Gift Shop at Sparks.

Not wanting to miss much of the New Year, the baby arrived a week before her due date. Martha says she and her family were ready to spend the day enjoying the weather, when she decided this afternoon it was time to go to the hospital.

“It was the quickest delivery I’ve had,” according to Martha, a mother of four.

Izabella has two older sisters and a brother anxiously waiting at home for her, Martha said.

Martha works at AHEC Family Medical Center in Fort Smith, alongside Dr. Katherine Irish-Clardy, who delivered the baby. Dr. Irish-Clardy delivered three of Martha’s four children.