ST. GEORGE – While some were ringing in the new year with fireworks, party hats and champagne, Tessa and Alan Wolfley were celebrating the arrival of 2016 in a different way in St. George.
Ava Lynnette Wolfley was born at Dixie Regional Medical Center just an hour after the ringing in of the New Year at 12:58 a.m. Friday. A healthy and beautiful newborn, she weighed in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, 20 inches tall.
Ava is the first baby to be welcomed into the world at Dixie Regional in 2016. Last year there were more than 2,400 babies born at the medical center.
When Tessa Wolfley, Ava’s mother, arrived at the hospital at 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve day she had hopes of delivering her baby within six hours. Ava had other plans and instead arrived just before 1 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
“There’s probably nothing that’s anymore special and spiritual than bringing a new little girl into the world on a New Year’s,” Alan Wolfley, Ava’s Father said. “It’ll be a New Year’s to remember for sure.”
Ava is Tessa and Alan’s fourth child and joins the Wolfley family alongside two sisters and one brother. The family resides in Moapa Valley, Nevada.
“The first baby born at Dixie Regional represents the celebration of all life, ” Terri Draper, communications director for Dixie Regional Medical Center, said. “We’re just pleased as we could be to welcome the little baby Wofley, little Ava, she’s so adorable.”
Dixie Regional presents the family of “Baby New Year” a gift package of newborn care items, including a $100 gift certificate to the hospital gift shop.
“It’s always exciting to welcome Baby New Year,” said Amy Christensen, director of women’s and children’s services at the medical center. “Some of the previous Baby New Years make it a holiday tradition to present the current first baby with a gift, too.”
Cedar City Hospital also saw the birth of a New Year’s baby. The parents, however, declined publicity on the notable event.
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