Stephenville mom gives birth to first baby of the new year

Diane Crocker
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Kelsey Young of Stephenville gives her baby daughter a kiss on the cheek. With a time of birth at 12:16 a.m. on New Year's Day, baby Lilly Young is the first baby born in 2014 not only at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook, but also in the province, the country and the continent.

CORNER BROOK As little Lilly Young snuggled into her mom Kelsey Young’s arms all eyes in the room were focused on her. But all the attention and excitement of those viewing the first baby born at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in 2014 was not enough to wake the sleeping babe.

Lilly came into the world at 12:16 a.m. on New Year’s Day. And, with the Newfoundland time zone being ahead of the rest of the continent, she’s not just the first baby for Western Memorial, she’s also the first one for the province and country.

Nursing staff on the hospital’s maternal and newborn unit on duty when Lilly was born called every other hospital in the province to confirm that she was the first baby in Newfoundland. And with that honour secured they were confident in laying claim to her being the first baby born on this continent.

It’s an event the local hospital has not seen since 1974 when Dr. Cliff Westby said he delivered the first baby in Canada for that year at the city hospital.

As Kelsey and dad Chris Whalen watched their baby sleeping, they both said her birth and being the first baby was quite exciting.

“It’s a special day,” said Whalen. Kelsey’s due date was Dec. 27, but baby Lilly wasn’t quite ready to make her debut. With no signs of labour the teen, who is from Stephenville, headed to the hospital on New Year’s Eve.

“I was supposed to be induced,” she said. But when medical staff checked her cervix, her water broke and Kelsey went into full labour.

“We didn’t think it was going to happen, but it did,” said Kelsey of her daughter’s birth coming on New Year’s Day.

“We thought she was going to be born on the 31st, but she held out for ... 15 minutes.”

Weighing in at six pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 50 centimetres in length, Lilly is a petite girl with a full head of dark hair.

After spending just over a day with her baby, Kelsey said she’s excited to become a mom.

“Everything is new to me,” she said.

The proud parents hoped to bring their bundle of joy home to Stephenville later Thursday, but were fine with waiting until today if necessary.

And to make sure that ride is a safe one the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association presented the family with a car seat. That presentation was made by Westby and it’s something the local doctor has done on behalf of the association for the past 27 years.

Geographic location: CORNER BROOK, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada North America

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  • Phyllis Legge
    January 03, 2014 - 22:08

    Congratultions to my cousin Chris an his Family on the Birth of their new Baby Girl

  • ??
    January 02, 2014 - 14:54

    ummm....are u sure about this being the 1st baby born in 2014 in the country?? there were 2 born at 12:00am and also the mother who had the twins had them in different years and they were only 8 mins apart

    • Mr Dee
      January 02, 2014 - 15:49

      Toronto is 1.5 hours later than NL time

    • :)
      January 02, 2014 - 16:29

      I think what is meant is that Newfoundland experiences the new year before anyone else in Canada. Since baby Young was the first baby born in Newfoundland and Labrador in the new year, technically she is the first baby born in Canada for the year 2014.

    • svillemom
      January 03, 2014 - 13:39

      Ummm, at 12 am in Toronto, it was already 1:30 am in NL. At 12:16 am when the baby was born here, it was 10:46 PM, DEC. 31, 2013. You must be a brainwave from the mainland????