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The first baby born of a fresh new year has, historically, brought a lot of public interest. Supposedly, the first baby born of a new year is supposed to have best luck during their long life. With an optimistic belief like that, it’s clear to see why this might bring some public attention.

Even though it may seem as fun tradition to announce the first baby of the new year, Scenic Mountain Medical Center is following suit and putting patient safety above tradition.

“This is something that in the past, we’ve been able to publicize, but with all the changes in healthcare and society as a whole, being able to announce the new year baby isn’t something that we do anymore just for safety reasons,” says SMMC Marketing Director Amanda Duforat. “We don’t want to put the baby or family at risk in anyway, so we no longer announce it, but however, we still want to celebrate with the family because it is such a joyous occasion and such a big deal being the first baby born. So, putting together a baby basket is the next best thing.”

Duforat told KBest News that this year SMMC decided to call on the partnerships that they’ve created throughout the year to help them put the gender-neutral baby basket together to celebrate this new member of Big Spring. “We’ve extended the invitation to several businesses in town, just to see if they would like to donate anything from like diapers, wipes, blankets, bibs, everything and anything baby; but we’ve extended a little more than that to include something for mom or something for mom and dad. Just something to show that we’re celebrating with you.”

Contributors to the New Year Baby Basket include KBST, Prudential, Marcy Place, Big Spring Herald, Choice Media, Red Barn Studio, SMMC Auxillary, Howard College, Parkview, Big Spring Convention and Visitors Bureau, KBYG, and Encompass Home Health.


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