New Year's Baby

By: George McDonald
By: George McDonald

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day were very busy at Anderson Hospital. That's where the last baby of 2002 and the first baby of 2003 were born.

"I don't know how many babies we delivered New Year's Eve. We were so busy, that we were telling the labor department to please save one for the New Year and they gave us our wish," said Nurse Robin Butler.

For the second year in a row, Jeff Anderson Hospital has had the first baby of the New Year. However, this is the first time they've had the last baby of the out-going year as well.

"I don't remember that happening before, but it was kind of neat to have," said Butler.

Damia White is the mother of the last baby born in Meridian in 2002. Her son Damian was born at 10 p.m. New Year's Eve.

"It was pretty amazing, it's pretty special, but I'm glad it's over!" said Damia White.

Melissa Page delivered Meridian's first birth of the new year. Little Darius was born at 8:06 in the morning. Page says she didn't expect to have the first baby of 2003.

"Well, he wasn't suppose to be here until Jan. 21, so he's a little early," said Page.

Both moms received a one-year membership to the Jeff Anderson Health and Fitness Center compliments of the hospital, some baby formula, diapers and a gift basket which included a piggy bank, a stuffed animal, rattler, and other things to take care of the baby.


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