No tax break but prizes just fine

Isabella Rose arrives just in time for First Baby prizes, too late for a 2005 tax deduction

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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