First gift of the new year
NEW YEAR’S BABY: Elizabeth Wrona born Jan. 1 at MCH
Shauwaun and Dave Wrona of Troy with their daughter Elizabeth, the first baby born at Monadnock Community Hospital in 2014 Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »
When Shauwaun and Dave Wrona of Troy went to Monadnock Community Hospital on Dec. 31 for an ultrasound appointment, they had a feeling that their second child was ready to be born. So they weren’t surprised when their doctor recommended a Caesarean section delivery, but the couple went home to discuss their options.
“We knew the baby was a pretty good size,” Dave said on Thursday. “We talked it over, then called back and scheduled it for the next day. We rang in the New Year first, then went over in the morning. We found out when we got here that no one had come in overnight.”
Thus Elizabeth Wrona, born at 10:30 a.m., has the honor of being the first baby born at Monadnock Community Hospital in 2014. She weighed in at 10 pounds, 5 ounces and was 20.5 inches long.
“They had estimated the weight at 10 pounds, 7 ounces,” Shauwaun said Thursday, as the Wronas admired Elizabeth, who was sleeping peacefully, wrapped in bright red fleece suit decorated with snowflakes. “They were really close. She’s lost a little bit since, but she’s doing great.”
Dave was in the delivery room at the hospital’s newly renamed maternity wing, now known as the Birthing Suite, to help his wife with the delivery.
“He was intrigued,” said Shauwaun, who was given a regional anesthetic and was awake throughout the birthing process.
“It was pretty cool to see,” Dave added.
The Wronas were hoping to head home from the hospital on the weekend. They both work at Millipore in Jaffrey, and Shauwaun plans to take three months off before returning to work. Dave said Millipore offers paternity leave as well.
“I’ll get a little time off, too,” he said.
The couple has a 2-year-old daughter, Isabel, who got to see her sister on the day she was born.
“I don’t think she gets it yet,” Dave said. “She gave the baby a kiss, but mostly she wanted to know why she didn’t open her eyes.”