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First triplets born at new Piedmont Newnan Hospital

First triplets born at new Piedmont Newnan Hospital

NEWNAN, Ga. – A couple who married just 10 months ago welcomed a set of triplets at Piedmont Newnan Hospital on April 13. The babies were conceived without the use of fertility drugs. Both parents have twins in their families but neither has triplets.

“She is such a blessing to me and now she’s given me three more blessings,” Mark Mathias said of his wife Grace and newborn sons.

The baby boys are the first set of triplets born at the new Piedmont Newnan Hospital, which opened in 2012. They were delivered at 35 weeks gestation.

“It went well. It could not have gone better,” said Dr. Adegboyega Aderibigbe, M.D. Dr. “Ade” is one of two neonatologists on staff around-the-clock at Piedmont Newnan, which recently received approval from the state to operate as a Level 3 NICU.

Architect couple's latest creation arrives early

Architect couple's latest creation arrives early

NEWNAN, Ga. -- This is a story about a local architect whose latest design was finished earlier than he expected.

Eric Matthews got home early to his Newnan home Tuesday, at around 5 p.m. He says that's when he heard his wife screaming upstairs.

Turns out Taneca Matthews, also an architect, had gone into labor with their second baby and there was no time to get to the hospital.

At the advice of the 911 operator, Eric got his wife on the bed; then he says he had to throw the phone to the floor because his child was coming.

Peyton, their baby girl, was born perfectly healthy -- and they got to Piedmont Newnan Hospital after the fact. It was less than 30 minutes from Taneca's first labor pain to the birth of their daughter.

Eric told us afterwards that he thought, "What is going on? I don't deliver babies in my bed!"

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Woman nearly gives birth in hospital parking lot

Newnan, Ga. – Velinda Braxton had no reason to believe her third pregnancy would be any different from her first two. In both of those pregnancies, labor had to be induced. So when Braxton woke up Thursday – just five days before her due date – with back-to-back contractions, she knew something wasn’t right.

“I said to myself, ‘hold on…something’s wrong,’” said Braxton. “The [contractions] just started coming quicker and quicker. I didn’t expect it to happen so fast because the day before, I really wasn’t contracting as much.”

Braxton called her mother who told her panicked daughter to call an ambulance. She didn’t heed that advice immediately. Instead, Braxton tried to relax but soon, her water broke. As her brother rushed over to take care of her children, an ambulance made its way to her home in Palmetto, Ga., for the 40-minute race to Piedmont Newnan Hospital.

Shoney's offering free strawberry pie on Mother's Day

Shoney's offering free strawberry pie on Mother's Day

(WXIA) -- Shoney's is honoring local mothers by offering a free slice of strawberry pie to all moms who eat at the chain's Mother's Day buffet.

Shoney's will host the buffet on Sunday, May 11, with offerings like turkey and dressing, smokehouse ham, fried chicken, herb-roasted salmon and garlic shrimp. Buffet prices start at $11.99.

Visit shoneys.com to find your nearest Shoney's.

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

Piedmont's first babies of 2014 receive savings accounts

(WXIA) -- Delta Community Credit Union has opened $500 savings accounts for the first babies born at each Piedmont hospital in the new year.

The very first Piedmont baby of 2014 was Ethan Damien Ramos, who was born Jan. 1 at 1:04 a.m. at Piedmont Fayette Hospital in Fayetteville. Ethan weighed 8 pounds 4 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. His proud parents are Irani Ramos and Jose DeJesus Huizar.

Lorielle Johnson was born Jan. 1 at 2:16 a.m. at Piedmont Henry Hospital in Stockbridge, to Surrell Porter and Terrence Johnson. Baby Lorielle weighed 7 pounds 5.5 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Piedmont Atlanta Hospital's first baby of 2014 was born just before 7 a.m. on the first of the year. Avonlea Mackowski weighed 7 pounds 1 ounce. Her parents are Amelia and Ross Mackowski.

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

GDOT asks drivers to be safe this Halloween

ATLANTA -- Whether you're taking children trick-or-treating or simply trying to get home at the end of a long workday, the Georgia Department of Transportation wants you to be safe this Halloween.

GDOT is offering advice for both drivers and pedestrians as the streets fill with young ghosts and goblins this evening.

Drivers are asked to slow down when entering neighborhoods and school zones. Reduce the number of distractions in the car, like phones and music, and take an extra second to look for children on medians and curbs.

GDOT also recommends driving with headlights on; that makes it easier to spot children from far away.

Young trick-or-treaters should look left, right and left again while trying to cross the street. They should also always stay on sidewalks or paths, and should not dart into the road or try to cross it from between parked cars.

It is recommended that children wear reflective tape or apply it to their trick-or-treat bags.

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

6 ways to save On Halloween decorations

ATLANTA -- Every year there are millions of dollars spent on Halloween, from costumes, snacks and candy to decorations.

Hopefully after reading this, you will be able to save a ton on Halloween decor for your yard and home.