Stephenville mom gives birth to continent’s first baby of 2014

Diane Crocker
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As little Lilly Young snuggled into her mom Kelsey Young’s arms, all eyes in the room were focused on her.

Kelsey Young is seen with her daughter, Lilly Young, at Western Memorial Regional Hospital in Corner Brook on Thursday. Lilly is the first baby born in North America in 2014.
— Photo by Diane Crocker/The Western Star

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, the country and North America.

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.

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 Young and Lilly’s dad Chris Whalen watched their baby sleeping, they both said her birth was quite exciting.

“It’s a special day,” said Whalen.

Young’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. She went into labour soon after arriving.

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

After spending just a little more than a day with her baby, Young 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.

The Western Star

Organizations: Western Memorial Regional Hospital, Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association

Geographic location: Stephenville, Newfoundland, Canada Western Star

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  • Amanda Waters
    January 03, 2014 - 04:23

    Congrats to the parents!!! Loved Lilly choice for the name of the first baby! Parents are indeed very lucky! My favorite choices for baby names are always “safe”, for example something among these popular baby names for 2014: Karter, Kendrick or King (apparently K- starting baby names will be hot in 2014 as reports). My all time favorite is Adelynn though, sweet and cute, ideal for pretty baby girls! Wish you all the best for 2014 !!! Love, Amanda xx