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Selkirk Regional Health Centre welcomes first baby of 2019

Interlake-Eastern Regional Health Authority (RHA) welcomed the first baby of 2019 at Selkirk Regional Health Centre on January 2 at 1:41 pm.

Weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces, Emma Jean Smith was born to mom Breanne Boyd and Aaron Smith of Beausejour area. Boyd, an electrician and Smith a concrete pump operator were thrilled to welcome their first child and are looking forward to introducing her to their two dogs when they get home

Prior to the family’s departure from hospital, members of the Selkirk & District General Hospital Ladies Auxiliary presented them with a gift basket that included diapers, toys, a baby carrier and a digital baby monitor. The auxiliary celebrates the hospital’s first baby of the year with items that provide comfort and help extend the care received at the hospital into the baby’s home.

Dr. Speer attended the birth and Boyd said that the team of care providers from the Selkirk Regional Health Centre who were with her throughout Emma’s birth were just “fantastic.”

“The staff and the ladies auxiliary were all so fantastic,” said Boyd, “The ladies auxiliary is really generous.”

According to Sara Unrau, clinical team manager of obstetrics at Selkirk Regional Health Centre, staff have reported deliveries in our region this past year have surpassed the number delivered in 2017.

“There were 272 babies born in 2017 compared to 377 babies born this past year. We hope to surpass that number over the next year,” Unrau said.

The staff and physicians at Selkirk Regional Health Centre’s family birthing unit and staff across Interlake-Eastern RHA extend their best wishes and congratulations to Smith and Boyd on the birth of their first baby.


New Year’s baby Emma Jean Smith with mother Breanne Boyd and father Aaron Smith.

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