Hospital’s first in 2014: a girl

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 08:38 PM

Juliyah Watkins was the first baby born this year in Vance County.

She was delivered at 2:42 a.m. on New Year’s Day to parents Natasha Williams and Justin Watkins in Maria Parham Medical Center, weighing 5 pounds and 2 ounces.

Williams said her baby came three weeks before her due date.

The 20-year-old was at Premier Women’s Health for a regular pregnancy check-up when her water broke and she was taken to the hospital.

“My high blood pressure was high so they induced my labor,” Williams said.

Mary Smith, hospital director of women and infants, said there are two to five births per day at Maria Parham and about 800 per year.

The hospital puts together a gift basket for the first baby of the new year, Smith said.

“We did have a lot of donations from the community,” she said. “I was really impressed with how everyone stepped up and contributed.”

The basket was full of gift cards, stuffed animals, toys, diapers and even a crocheted cat made by a nurse at Maria Parham.

“Everything in there is donated,” Smith said.

Williams and Watkins have two other children, Jumiere and Jutiaya.

Williams, who will turn 21 on Saturday, has lived in Henderson for the past eight years.

 

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.