March 23rd, 2018

It’s a girl! Meet Medicine Hat’s New Year’s baby

By Gillian Slade on January 3, 2018.

Piper Elizabeth Undershute is the centre of attention as the first baby born this year at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital. Proud parents are Laura and Brad Undershute and their sons Xavier, 6, and Nixon, 19 months.--NEWS PHOTO GILLIAN SLADE 

The first baby born at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital this year is a little girl.

Piper Elizabeth arrived at 6:36 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2 to Laura and Brad Undershute of Medicine Hat.

It was four days past Laura’s due date but when Piper decided to make an entrance it was all rather quick.

Laura’s water broke around 5 a.m. and by 6:15 a.m. they were at the hospital.

“And had her 20 minutes later,” said Laura. “This was the fastest (of three labours) we almost didn’t make it to the hospital.”

Piper weighed seven pounds 14 ounces. Before she was born they knew there was a chance she could be the first baby of 2018. There was one other mother in labour also.

“Piper was a little more eager I guess,” said Brad.

“She won the race,” said Laura.

On Tuesday afternoon Piper was the picture of contentment in her mother’s arms with her eldest brother, Xavier, cradling her head and Nixon, 19 months looking on.

That’s not how her life started though.

“She was screaming half way out. Since then I think she settled down a little bit,” said Laura.

The choice of her name is simple.

“We just loved the name Piper and Elizabeth is a family name,” said Laura.

Piper was born in the new labour and delivery area of the recently constructed ambulatory care wing.

“It was beautiful. The room was huge,” said Laura. “The nurses were awesome. The doctor didn’t make it on time so they delivered her. It was beautiful. It was great, a really good experience.”

Piper’s weight at birth fits right in with several recent New Year’s babies.

In 2014 Niall Martin Miller weighed seven pounds six ounces.

Calah Avery Beck arrived 10 days early in 2015 weighing six pounds one ounce.

In 2016 Carter James McBride was born a week ahead of his due date, and weighed seven pounds, seven ounces.

Rory Quade Dueck arrived nine days late on Jan. 1, 2017 weighing 10 pounds and three-and-a-half ounces.

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