The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


January 3, 2014

New Year's first bundles

TARBORO — Six deliveries at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital may have set a record for babies born on New Year's Day for the facility.

"The most that I can recall is four born on the first day of the year," said Vidant's 18-year-employee, Ernie Glover, RN, nurse manager. "The record breaking event, was busy and exciting. It's kinda neat to have babies born on New Year's."

Neither of the five mothers, who were interviewed by The Daily Southerner, were expecting their bundles of joy to be delivered on Jan. 1. The mother who had the fourth baby of the day declined an interview. Her baby boy weighed 7 pounds 10 ounces.

The first baby born was an 8 pound 6 ounce, baby boy. His mother, Ashley Andrews, 27, of Tarboro, said during a telephone interview with The Daily Southerner that she visited the doctor on New Years Eve for a 2:45 p.m. checkup appointment. She said her doctor told her that she would deliver her baby before the end of the week. Twelve hours later at exactly 2:45 a.m. Andrews said Kasen Andrews was born.

"That was a pleasant surprise," Andrews said.

Lisa Daughtridge, 33, of Rocky Mount, was the second to deliver. Daughtridge's baby girl, Sabrina Adams, was born at 8:18 a.m. weighing 6 pounds. The Rocky Mount resident had more reason to celebrate her baby's birth than just her being born on New Year's Day. Sabrina's twin died while her mother was in her 17th week. With uncertainties following childbirth, Daughtridge was concerned about the health of Sabrina. Those concerns were put to rest after she was born.

"When I heard her cry, I almost broke down and cried," Daughtridge said. "I'm so glad that God blessed me with her. This was a great way to bring in the New Year. Greater than anyone can ever imagine."

Less than an hour later, Crystal Ward, 19, of Rocky Mount, received her unexpected New Year's baby girl, Nevaha McKnight and the third baby born at Vidant on that day. Nevaha weighed 7 pounds 3 ounces. She too had a doctor's appointment on New Year's Eve. Shortly after the appointment she said she went to the mall for exercise.

"The next morning, I was having contractions," Ward said. "Then she came so fast. I was so happy."

Turneshia Taylor, 24, of Tarboro, was the only first-time mother of the five mothers interviewed. Taylor was admitted at the hospital on Monday. The Tarboro resident delivered a 7-pound 3-ounce baby boy, Messiah, who was born by cesarean section (c-section) at 12:30 p.m. New Year's Day. Messiah was the fifth baby on Vidant's New Year's Day baby list.

"I didn't want to wait any longer," Taylor said. "Now I have another reason to celebrate New Year's Day."

The last baby of the year was born at 10:06 p.m. to Keyshonna Knight, 27, of Rocky Mount. Knight named her bundle of joy Carter Lamar Parker. Carter weighed 7 pounds and 7 ounces. Knight's due date was Jan. 10. However, after a visit to the doctor on New Year's Eve he told her, "I'll see you back her within 24 hours."

He was right.

Knight said she rushed to the hospital around 6:25 p.m. New Year's Day. About four hours later, she gave birth to her son.

"This was my special gift for the new year," she said. "I wasn't expecting it (on this day) at all. I was so excited."

Carter's father, Travis Parker said, "After Christmas we got one more present."

Note: On average 425 babies are born at Vidant Edgecombe yearly.


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