When Kelley Harrall delivered her firstborn, she said she didn’t feel like a number – but in this case, the number was something to celebrate.
Reagan Abigail Harrall was the 1,000th baby delivered at the Spradling Birthing Center at Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital on Tuesday. Her parents, Gary and Kelley, were more than happy to share their special family occasion with the hospital’s caregivers.
“I love the atmosphere here,” Kelley said, holding her new baby girl on Wednesday. “Everyone’s so friendly, so close-knit, you can tell they really care.”
Like all babies born at the hospital, Reagan received a colorful quilt from The Quilting Ladies, and the staff in the birthing unit were wearing “1,000th Baby” buttons in her honor.
“It’s a good number,” Kelley said, as she smiled at Reagan. “No pun intended, but we didn’t feel like a number.”
Kelley was due July 15, but Reagan started to come on Tuesday, July 9. Dr. Elizabeth Barlet, M.D., performed a cesarean delivery and Reagan took her first breath at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Reagan weighed seven pounds, 11 ounces, and was 19 and a half inches long. Gary and Kelley weren’t expecting the operation, but were quite content with how everything turned out.
“She’s a great doctor,” Kelley said of Dr. Barlet. “You’re not just another patient to her. She cares about you and the baby, even after the baby is born. She’s a very personable person.”
Reagan went home with her parents this weekend to start her life in Diamond. Gary and Kelley said it felt good to be a mommy and daddy.
“That’s all she ever wanted to be was a mom,” Gary said of his wife.
“She’s such a good baby already,” Kelley said.
“She has a set of lungs on her, that’s for sure,” Gary added.
Reagan is the granddaughter of Chuck and Deloris Ogden, and Joe and Beth Harrall.
The Spradling Birthing Center opened Sept. 1, 2008.
First Baby: Mya Rose Wilcox, daughter of Aaron and Cynthia Wilcox, was born Sept. 11, 2008.
Every time a baby is born, the Braham’s Lullaby is played across the hospital and all staff members pause to pray or give happy wishes to the new life. The Quilting Ladies, Wilkinson’s Pharmacy and the McCune-Brooks Healthcare Foundation provide the baby with gifts.
By the Numbers
Births at the Spradling Birthing Center
Page 2 of 2 - Average Weight: 8 lbs 3 oz
Biggest Baby: 10 lbs 11 oz
Smallest: 3 lbs 5 oz
Three sets of twins
Coincidence: Dr. Chilton was the pediatrician for the first and 1,000th baby.