Kristen Hamilton and Ryan Trafford of Creston North, Marystown, welcomed a baby boy named Caleb, who weighed in at a healthy eight pounds, three ounces.
The little one, who arrived two days before mom’s due date, was delivered by Dr. Garvey Chilopora, a new OBGYN from South Africa who has been at the hospital in Burin for about a month.
Dr. Bill Moulton presented the couple with a new car seat on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NLMA) Friday.
The program, which is intended encourage all parents to use car seats for their children from the moment they leave hospital as newborns, does the same for the first baby of the year at all 10 hospitals in the province that still perform deliveries.
Several businesses, including Wal-Mart, have made the initiative possible by donating the car seats.
Additionally, Fisher-Price launched its ‘Bundles of Joy’ program last Nov. 20 in honour of National Child Day and is presenting gifts to the first babies born in the New Year at hospitals across the country.
Ms. Hamilton was excited when presented with a basket of toys and a baby bouncer from the company and exclaimed “I feel special!”
Families of the first ‘Bundles of Joy’ of 2013 can also opt-in to receive a yearly gift of age-specific toys and products from Fisher-Price for their next four birthdays.
Caleb trailed Nicholas Benmore as the first baby born in the province by about 16 hours.
Jennifer MacDonald gave birth to little Nicholas during an emergency delivery in the back of an ambulance on the highway at 4:18 a.m. Jan. 1.
Paramedics were on their way to St. John’s to Harbour Main and had to stop around Butter Pot Park.