First Baby of New Year Born at Saint Francis

Saint Francis Medical Center celebrated the delivery of its first baby of 2017. At 4:59 pm on Monday, January 2, 2017, a baby girl was welcomed into the world by proud parents Jesse and Lora Stafford of Fredericktown, Mo., and caring Family BirthPlace nursing staff.

Grant D. McWilliams, DO, FACOG, obstetrician/gynecologist, Saint Francis Medical Partner, delivered 6-pound, 9-ounce, 19.5-inch River Lynn Stafford.

The Family BirthPlace saw many unique names throughout 2016, but some names appeared more often than others. In 2016, “E” names ruled. For girls born at Saint Francis in 2016, the most popular name was tied between Ella and Emma; and for boys, Elijah. These names were followed closely by Abigail, Amelia and Ava for Dr. Grant McWilliams, Cape Care for Womengirls, and Beckett, Grayson and Liam for boys. Unique names on the list for 2016 were Lola, Magnolia, Persephone and Symphony for girls and Arlo, Calvin, Dax and Lionel for boys.

The Family BirthPlace ended the year with 978 deliveries, including 15 sets of twins and one set of triplets!

Saint Francis Medical Center’s Family BirthPlace offers expecting parents an individual, family-centered birthing experience in a comfortable, medically advanced environment. The Family BirthPlace features the region’s first Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit staffed by three board certified, fellowship-trained neonatologists who care for premature and critically ill newborns; a highly experienced staff; the region’s first LDRP (labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum) suites; and comfortable surroundings with homelike amenities, including the Family Room, a 500-square-foot hospitality suite that features the comforts of home used by families awaiting the arrival of their newest addition.

To learn more about the Family BirthPlace,  call 573-331-3996 or visit our webpage.