Welcoming a New Year and a New Year Baby. Parkwest Medical Center celebrated a very special delivery on New Year’s Day. Davis Brantlee Craft, the son of Jennifer and Brian Craft, was the first baby born in 2018 at the hospital’s Childbirth Center.
Jennifer Craft hadn’t given much thought to the possibility of having a New Year’s Baby. Her due date was Jan. 5, 2018, and with the holidays and her own birthday so close, she was only focused on juggling everyday life.
“I just wanted to get through Christmas,” Craft says, “and my birthday is Dec. 26, so I didn’t want him to have to share his birthday with me.”
After having put up with false contractions for several weeks, Craft was ready for a good night’s sleep on New Year’s Eve. Her sleep was interrupted when at 3:30 a.m., she suddenly woke up to a surprise.
“I told my husband, ‘My water broke and we’ve got to go!’” Crafts says. Her contractions began on the way to Parkwest Medical Center.
Upon arrival, she was placed in one of the resort-style birthing suites at the Childbirth Center. At Parkwest, labor, delivery and recovery all happen in one comfortable place.
The Childbirth Center is staffed with highly trained doctors and nurses, delivering more than 1,600 babies each year. All the registered nurses in the center are certified in the Neonatal Resuscitation Program.
Already the mother of two boys, Craft wasn’t particularly nervous about having her baby. It was her third delivery at Parkwest Medical Center, and the nurses were calm and reassuring.
At 6:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, little Davis Craft made his grand entrance into the world weighing a healthy 7 lbs., 8 oz.
“Babies are daily miracles that we get to be a part of from the beginning,” says OB/GYN Kimberly Roberts, MD, who delivered Davis. “Delivering on New Year’s Day is extra special because of the significance a new year brings to all of us. It’s the start of a new chapter in our lives.”
Baby Davis joins big brothers Jaxon, 8, and Asher, 5, who were excited to have a new member of the family. “They still love to be around him, they love to help, and they have been kissing on him and loving on him,” Craft says. “It’s been good.”
Mother and baby received some special treatment before leaving the hospital. They were presented with a special New Year’s gift: a baby bathtub filled with goodies that would get Davis off to a good start.
“Every nurse that we had was just super nice and very accommodating, and got us whatever we needed. But I also like the way they gave us our space. We had a lot of privacy,” Craft says. “It was a great experience.”
Dr. Roberts echoes Craft’s sentiments, saying Parkwest is a great place to bring those little miracles into the world. “Parkwest has been my home for the past 10 years, and we love bringing our patients here,” Dr. Roberts says. “We have a wonderful labor and delivery unit, and I am blessed and grateful to be a part of it all.”
Home from the hospital and one month later, the Craft family is doing well. His mom says Davis loves to be held and is sleeping “as well as a newborn sleeps.”
As the Craft family sweeps into 2018, Jennifer, Brian, Jaxon, Asher and Davis will be making new memories. As they do, they will be building on a great beginning with their newest family member having been born on the very first day of the year.
“What a special way to start the New Year!” Craft says happily.