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DCH Announces 1st baby of 2020

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DCH Announces 1st baby of 2020

Daviess Community Hospital Announces 1st Baby of 2020

(Washington, IN) — Ringing in the New Year in a hospital bed is not what people typically plan or look forward to unless they are waiting on the arrival of a baby.

Erin and Bryce Newton were counting the days until January 8th when their new baby was due to be born. Little Sydney Catherine Newton surprised them by coming just after the beginning of a new year.

“I worked on Monday at the DCH Orthopaedic office (DCH CORE Center) and had a few mild contractions when I got home,” Erin recalled. “On Tuesday, I must have been “nesting” because I cleaned, did laundry, and took a nap with my daughter, Bryn.”

Later that day, Erin felt contractions that seemed to be consistent with labor. The Newtons had dinner with Bryce’s family and then she told her husband that it was time to go to the hospital.

“When I arrived at 8:30pm on the 31st, they determined that I was 5 centimeters dilated,” Erin explained. After a brief period of pushing, Sydney Catherine Newton arrived around 1:00am weighing in at 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. “When she was born, I thought she looked just like Bryn, but a pound lighter,” said Erin.

Erin and Bryce’s daughter, Bryn, was born in a large hospital near Carmel, IN. They couple has been extremely happy with the birth experience at Daviess Community Hospital. “This experience was every bit as good as my deliver in a larger hospital,” Erin said. “I work for DCH and, even though I don’t work in the OB unit, I feel so much like this is “family” here.”

Erin is also very impressed with the lactation support she has received in her short stay. “I struggled with breastfeeding Bryn, but I already feel comfortable with the lactation specialist who has been working with me here.” Erin plans to attend the lactation support group meeting on Monday to continue to have support and encouragement.

The couple also is very impressed with Dr. John Stafford, OBGYN and Dr. de la Vergne, Pediatrician. “We had never met either of them before we had Sydney,” said Erin. “They were both wonderful! Dr. Stafford was so encouraging and told me what a wonderful job I was doing while in labor. Dr. de la Vergne is so kind and sweet.’

Luckily for Sydney, being the first born at DCH came with some perks. The baby’s gift from DCH includes a giant stuffed bear, wagon, blanket, bottles, diapers, rattles and more.

In 2019, 488 babies were born at Daviess Community Hospital. Shawna O’Kelley Brinson, OB Manager, remarked, “We increased our numbers from last year and we plan to grow each year. With the great reputation of our Women’s Health Center and the three OB physicians here in Washington, we believe our numbers will continue to climb.”

To learn more about Daviess Community Hospital’s Women’s Health Center, go to or call 812-254-8880.