First baby born in 2015 at Cox Monett Hospital is a girlThe wait is over for the first baby to be born in 2015 at Cox Monett Hospital. Timberley Lynn Nelson decided it was time to make her arrival on Jan. 6 at 11:56 p.m. She weighs 6 lbs., 3 oz., and is 20.5 inches long. Her parents are Shane and Racheal Nelson of Aurora. The couple also has a 3 year-old son named Kaden.
“The nursing staff and the physicians have gone above and beyond,” says Racheal Nelson. “Our stay here has been fantastic—I loved it.”
To celebrate the occasion, the Cox Monett Auxiliary presented a basket to the family filled with a piggy bank, pacifier, stuffed animal, bib and other items.
Twin girls are first Springfield births of 2015
Three baby girls claim the title as New Year's baby of 2015, twin girls born at Cox South New Year's Day and a baby girl born January 2 at Cox Branson.
The first birth at a CoxHealth birthing hospital came in the way of twin girls at Cox Medical Center South. Hadley Swearngin-Powers was born at 4:31 a.m., weighing 2 lbs., 13 oz. and 15 inches long. Hensley Swearngin-Powers was born at 4:37 a.m., weighing 3 lbs., 3 oz. and 15 inches long.
Their parents Mary Swearngin, 25 and Nate Powers, 31 of Ozark were visiting family in West Plains when Mary went into labor Saturday, December 27. “We were just watching a movie,” says Nate Powers. “And she started having contractions.” She was transported from the West Plains hospital via ambulance to Cox South.
For the past five days doctors did what they could to hold off the pre-term labor. “They said the girls were ready,” explains Mary Swearngin. “So, they took me off the drugs keeping me from going into labor. I went into labor within a few hours. It went fast.”
Between Mary and Nate, the couple has three other daughters ages 3, 5, and 7. “We officially have a basketball team,” laughs Mary. “I know they’re excited to get to see them, but they’ll have to wait a little longer.”
CoxHealth presented a basket with stuffed animals, clothes and other items to celebrate the first birth of 2015.