New Year’s baby born last week

  • Feb. 25, 2009 10:00 a.m.

The first baby of the year was born in the same bed as her mother was 25 years ago. Sophia Rain Dorman was born at 5:55pm on Tuesday Feb. 17 at the Queen Charlotte General Hospital. Her mom Claire Gauthier said the birthing bed was purchased with funds raised at Hospital Day 25 years ago and according to grandmother, Adriana Spighi, Ms Gauthier was the first baby ever born in that bed. Ms Gauthier said the 19 hours of labour involved a lot of pain, but she was pleased to spend the first night of that in her own bed at home. The next morning she walked across the street to the hospital (she lives on Wharf Street) and walked home three hours after Sophia was born. She laughed remembering the nurses concern about whether she had a baby seat for the car, when she was getting ready to take her 8lbs, 9oz daughter home. When she found out that she’d had the New Year’s baby, Ms Gauthier, wondered if there had already been a New Year’s cow. PS. Hospital administrator Kerry Laidlaw confirmed that the hospital bed is at least 25 years old and if Ms Gauthier’s mother remembers being the first to give birth in the bed, she’s probably right. For the hospital’s part, he said he’s been trying to get Hospital Day to fundraise for a new one again.

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