County awaits first baby of 2014
With Christmas Day now a memory and 2013 quickly winding down, the wait for the 2014 Jefferson County New Year’s baby is under way.
Originally, the New Year’s baby title went to the first baby born at Jefferson County Hospital each year, but since the facility’s obstetrics department closed several years ago, the title now goes to the first infant born to a Jefferson County mother.
The baby can be born in any hospital in any town, but the mother must live in Jefferson County, and The Fairfield Ledger must be contacted at 472-2116 within 24 hours after the birth. An answering machine is available if the office is closed.
The parents are given a letter authorizing them to pick up gifts donated by participating Fairfield businesses.
Jefferson County’s 2013 New Year’s baby was William David Burgmeier, the son of Michelle and Joe Burgmeier of rural Lockridge. The 8-pound, 8-ounce baby arrived two weeks past his due date at 9:57 p.m. Jan. 3 at the Van Buren County Hospital in Keosauqua.
The 2012 New Year’s baby was Magnus Saxon, son of Marcus and Shanti Chatfield of rural Jefferson County. The 7-pound, 1.7-ounce baby was born at 3:15 a.m. Jan. 10 at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
The 2011 New Year’s baby made her appearance right on New Year’s Day. June Irene Lebert, the 6-pound, 8-ounces daughter of Meagan and Christopher Lebert of Fairfield, was born at 4:12 a.m. Jan. 1 at the Ottumwa Regional Health Center in Ottumwa.
The 2010 New Year’s baby was Abbigail Elizabeth Beggs, the daughter of Melissa Beggs of Fairfield and Thomas Batterson. The 9-pounds, 14-ounces baby was born at 12:14 p.m. Jan. 13 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center.
The 2009 New Year’s baby was Addisyn Ann Koontz, the daughter of Stacia Verrips and Shane Koontz of Libertyville. She was born at 1:15 a.m. Jan. 4 at Ottumwa Regional Health Center and weighed 7 pounds, 10.5 ounces.