ST. GEORGE-New Year’s Eve celebrations started out normal for Diamond Valley residents Heath and Britni Davis. While enjoying a friendly game of Pictionary with her family, Britni Davis soon realized that something unexpected was happening. What started out as a typical New Year’s Eve celebration was about to become a new born baby celebration.
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“It was definitely unexpected,” Britni Davis said of the early arrival of Allison Kay Davis. The baby is the firstborn for the Davises, as well as the first grandchild born to very happy grandpa Tim Canfield. Baby Allison was also the first baby born at Intermountain Healthcare Southwest Region’s Dixie Regional Medical Center in 2015. Her due date was not until Jan. 13.
The Davises headed down the hill from Diamond Valley just a few minutes before midnight amid snowflakes and fireworks as they headed for the hospital. Approximately five hours later Allison Davis made her appearance, weighing in at 6 pounds, 6 ounces.
“I think it’s pretty special, actually,” Canfield said of his new granddaughter. “She’s pretty perfect.”
According to a press release from Dixie Regional Medical Center, Dixie Regional presents the family of “Baby New Year” a gift package of infant items which includes a $100 gift certificate to the hospital’s gift shops.
“It’s always exciting to welcome Baby New Year,” said Amy Christensen, director of Dixie Regional’s women’s services.
“Some of the families of previous Baby New Years have also made it a holiday tradition to present the current Baby New Year with gifts.”
This year gift blankets and toys came from the parents of “Baby New Years” 2001 and 2002.
Though Allison Kay Davis is the year’s first baby born at Dixie Regional Medical Center, there will be many more to come. According to the hospital’s press release, approximately 2,500 babies were born in the hospital in 2014.
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