GREENVILLE – Rilee Jo Phillips of Greenville is the first baby to be born at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville for 2019. She was born at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 2. She now shares a birthday with her only sibling. Her sister Hayden was also born on Jan. 2.
The mother, Brittany Phillips, had both girls the day before her own birthday. She said she did not have any complications with the delivery – only that she “had a hard time pushing.”
She didn’t realize that she was in contention for first baby of the year. Daughter Hayden, although born on the second day of the new year five years ago, was not the first baby for the hospital then.
“I was due Dec. 27,” said Phillips. “She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and was 20 inches long. I’m just happy it’s over with.”
Dr. Patrick Karr delivered the baby, whom Brittany knew was going to be a girl.
Rilee Jo, also the daughter of Steven Karnehm, is the granddaughter of Tammy Phillips, Jeff Shiverdecker and Connie Singer.
OB Director Regina Duff presented the new mother and her infant with gifts from the hospital auxiliary, which included a diaper bag, carrier, clothes, photo album, a crocheted afghan, hat and booties and a gift certificate.
Duff also announced that next year’s New Year’s baby will probably be born at a different location, in the new women’s center of which construction is expected to be completed this spring on Central Avenue. Included in the building’s design will be a new OB department.
PHOTO CAPTION: Five-year-old Hayden holds her baby sister, Rilee Jo. The two sisters now share a birthday, Jan. 2. Rilee Jo is the hospital’s first baby for 2019. (Linda Moody photo)