St. Joseph's welcomes first baby of the New Year

Jan. 13, 2011

Born New Years Eve at 12:50 a.m., Evan Edward Martin was the first baby born in London in the New Year to proud parents Kevin Martin and Lisa-Marie Hatchard weighing in at 7lbs, 7ounces. Evan is Kevin and Lisa’s third child and is the last New Year’s baby that will be born at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Baby Evan Edward Martin, St. Joseph's Hospital's last New Years baby born Jan 1, 2011

The city's second baby was also born at St. Joseph's, a girl, at 1:37 a.m.

A legacy of life and love...

Evan was born during the last year of the perinatal program being at St. Joseph’s and along with all other babies born during the year, will receive a special commemorative gift from the hospital to mark the legacy of the program. The gift includes a birth announcement card, which is a replica of the card provided to new parents at St. Joseph’s in the 1950s, and a newborn hat with the words ‘I Was Born at St. Joseph’s’ inscribed on it. Evan's was a special hat created by the nurses with the year 2011 inscribed across the front.

In the spring of 2011, St. Joseph’s perinatal program will be moving to London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) as part of health care restructuring in London. This is an historic transition. With more than a century of caring for women and newborns, St. Joseph’s Hospital has been home to tremendous achievement in perinatal care.

I was born at St. Joseph's...

Everyone who was born, gave birth and provided care at St. Joseph’s has a story — and together those stories tell of a legacy that can’t be described in words alone. In October St. Joseph’s launched a new, interactive website called I Was Born at St. Joseph’s which features the history of perinatal care, heart-tugging stories from the public, memories from staff, a look at the future, and an opportunity for all to add their own stories, videos and photos to create a lasting tribute. 

Recently t-shirts were also created which express the pride in the care of women and newborns at St. Joseph’s. Staff and parents are scooping up the shirts that celebrate the legacy of life and love at St. Joseph’s which includes more than 100 years of perinatal care and more than 100,00 births.

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