Three miracles for New Year's Day
It was a very active night in the delivery suite of western Jamaica's largest medical facility, Cornwall Regional Hospital, with three deliveries and eight admissions greeting 2015.
Keeping the two midwives and one patient-care assistant busy on New Year's Eve, the first baby was born by 2:27 a.m yesterday.
Named Ty-Wayne McBayne, and weighing in at 6.73lbs, the baby boy was soon accompanied by two girls, Haley Talia Dixon and Caelyn McFarlane.
Baby Ty-Wayne, the first for his mom, 23-year-old Melesa McLean, gave signals of his intention from as early as 8 p.m. Wednesday night.
"I started feeling contractions, and by midnight, I had to come to the hospital," McLean told The Gleaner from her hospital bed yesterday.
She said that within two hours of arriving at the hospital, baby Ty-Wayne was ready to face the world.
A GOOD FEELING
"It was a very easy pregnancy. I have no complaints whatsoever. It's a good feeling just holding him in my hands," said the first-time mom.
Apart from the contractions, McLean said she didn't suffer much pain. Instead, she was presented with a bundle of joy.
This was not necessarily the case for Lisa Chang, the mother of the second baby, Haley Talia Dixon. She was having her third child.
"This one was very difficult, compared to the last two," Chang told The Gleaner, adding that she started feeling signs as early as 7 p.m on Wednesday, but did not go to the hospital until after 1 a.m.
Baby Haley weighed in at eight pounds.
All three babies were delivered by registered midwife Kemicka Bartley, who said she was kept very busy.