Tri-State area New Year's babies have healthy deliveries

January 03, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • Khameil Emma Rose Wallace is Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital's first baby of 2012. She is pictured with parents Toni and Richard Wallace Jr. of McConnellsburg, Pa. Khameil was 19 inches and weighed 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces. She was born Sunday, Jan. 1, at 5:54 p.m.
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Chelsea McClure was originally due to give birth Dec. 26, but still hoped, for the duration of her pregnancy, to have a New Year’s baby.

“I didn’t think it would actually happen ... that was my goal,” the Shippensburg, Pa., mom said after enduring about 24 hours of labor at Chambersburg (Pa.) Hospital.

Mission accomplished.

Weighing in at 7 pounds, 15.3 ounces, Ciara Emma-Rose Bard was not only the first baby born in Franklin County, Pa., but McClure’s second child was the first born in the Tri-State area, according to hospital officials.

“It was so much more difficult than my first (child),” McClure, 19, said Sunday afternoon, a little more than 14 hours after she gave birth to Ciara at 1:32 a.m., according to the hospital.

McClure said she had hoped for a boy after her firstborn, also a girl, was born 17 months ago, but she and her boyfriend, Jonathan Bard, are happy nonetheless.

“I plan on having more, just not anytime soon,” McClure said. “I think two is enough right now.”

McClure said Ciara was more than 2 pounds heavier at birth than her first child, and attributed her prolonged labor to the larger size. McClure said she went into labor five times with her first child.

While McClure was a little past due, Matthew and Anna Kent Gorsuch’s first child arrived Sunday afternoon at City Hospital in Martinsburg, W.Va., a few weeks earlier than expected.

Making her debut at 2:34 p.m., Elizabeth Catherine Kent Gorsuch weighed 7 pounds, 1.4 ounces, her father said. The Martinsburg couple’s child was the first baby to be born in the Eastern Panhandle in 2012, according to hospital officials. Jefferson Memorial Hospital in Ranson, W.Va., was “quiet” Sunday, officials said.

Gorsuch, 33, said his wife’s 2 a.m. “wake-up call” Sunday was a little bit of a surprise, given that she was due Jan. 21.

After a little more than 12 hours of labor, Anna Gorsuch, 41, said Sunday evening that she was feeling “really good” after having a smooth delivery.

Anna Gorsuch said it was really special for her to give birth at City Hospital because she knows the staff there from working with other expecting mothers as a midwife.


Khameil Emma Rose Wallace was Waynesboro (Pa.) Hospital's first baby of 2012.

The daughter of Toni and Richard Wallace Jr. of McConnellsburg, Pa., Khameil was 19 inches and weighed 7 pounds, 12.2 ounces. She was born Sunday at 5:54 p.m.

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