Families ring in the new year with Central Kentucky’s first newborns of 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Central Kentucky’s very first newborn arrived at Baptist Health Lexington only a few minutes into the new year.

Britani and Chase Rushing of Flemingsburg welcomed Callie Jay Rushing at 12:09 a.m. Jan. 1, 2021.

Britani Rushing holds baby Callie Jay Rushing while father Chase Rushing looks on at Baptist Health Lexington.

Baby Rushing is the couple’s second child and her arrival was a bit of a surprise, she was originally due Jan. 10.

Baptist Health shared, Chase, who works for KU in Lexington, was up a pole when the call came from his wife. “I was changing a light out in a back yard and she called when I was coming down. I said, ‘Alright, I’ll meet you there,’” Chase told Baptist Health. Britani’s mother drove her to the hospital.

Mom and baby are doing well. Callie weighs 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measures 19 inches long. Baptist Health says she was delivered by Corey Forester, MD.

UK Healthcare’s first baby of 2021 was born just before 2 a.m. Friday.

This is Titus Cade Dean Adams.

Photo Courtesy: UK Healthcare
Titus Cade Dean Adams was the first baby of the year born at UK HealthCare.

He was born at 1:50 a.m. Jan. 1, 2021 at UK Chandler Hospital to Bria Wise and Steven Adams of Winchester.

The first newborn at Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East arrived at 3:31 a.m.

Catelynn Helm and Michael Jacob Meredith from Dunnville, Ky., welcomed a baby boy. He weighed 6 lbs. and 3 oz. and was 19 inches long.

Photo Courtesy: CHI Saint Joseph Health
Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East Welcomes First Baby of 2021

Each year, hospital staff work with local businesses to create a welcome wagon for the first baby born in the new year, including gift certificates, diapers, wipes and assorted gifts.

“Welcoming the first baby of the new year is always exciting,” said Joan Morrin, nurse manager for women’s care and newborn nursery, Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East. “At The Women’s Hospital at Saint Joseph East, we are honored to care for our patients and their families throughout the entire maternity process. With every baby that is delivered, we reflect on the gift of new life and are grateful that our patients trust us with their care.”

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