Some hospitals celebrate New Year babies. Divine Savior Healthcare is celebrating New Century babies.
Three of them, to be exact.
On Wednesday – the 100th anniversary of the Portage hospital – the birthing unit was unusually busy, as three mothers gave birth on the same day.
Christopher Edward Martinez was the first of the New Century babies to enter the world, arriving at 12:51 p.m., weighing in at 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 18 inches. Mom and Dad are Nicole Coleman and Chris Martinez of Portage. Little Christopher (who arrived exactly on his due date) also has an older brother.
Addyson Marie Bush was born to Jan and Aric Bush of Pardeeville two days before her due date. She came into the world at 4:56 p.m. Wednesday, weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20½ inches long. She’s going home to three older sisters.
Elijah Prince Standiford was born at 7 p.m., but his mother, Cassandra Standiford of Portage, sensed his imminent arrival earlier that afternoon, while she was shopping for baby items at community-wide garage sales in DeForest.
“He was kicking the whole way,” she said of Elijah – her fourth son – who came into the world about 10 days before his due date, weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring 20½ inches long. Dad is Elijah Standiford.
Divine Savior Healthcare spokeswoman Haley Gilman said that in a typical week, maybe three or four babies are born at Divine Savior. Three in one day is a rarity.
Dr. Susan Kreckman delivered Christopher and Addyson, and provided pediatric care for Elijah, who was delivered by Dr. Brenda Jenkin. Gilman noted that, in honor of the centennial, there was a contest…