Monday, January 16, 2006
Timing is everything.
When Michelle Bierbower, of White Salmon, Wash., arrived at Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital in labor Dec. 31, she was told that there was a chance she would be having the First Baby of 2006, which would make her eligible for many prizes from local businesses. She had actually been hoping for a 2005 tax deduction.
But no tax deduction entered the world before the day’s (and year’s) end, so First Baby sounded better all the time.
Many hours of labor later, Bierbower had still not given birth, and learned that there was another expectant mother in the birthing center.
“There was also a couple who called and said they were coming in, but the baby was born on the way so they just turned around and went home,” she said. “So I was still in contention.” (The couple had planned a home birth, according to Barbara Young, community relations coordinator at PHRMH.)
After 24 hours of difficult labor and still no baby, the decision was made to do the delivery by C-section. So little Isabella Rose was born Jan. 1, becoming the first baby of the year.
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I Can't Keep Quiet singers at "Citizen Town Hall"
‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge