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Welcoming the First Baby of 2018

Posted on January 3, 2018
Hattie RaeAnn Anderson helped ring in the New Year in the Labor and Delivery Suite as the first baby born in Hamblen County in 2018.
Hattie RaeAnn Anderson, Morristown’s first baby of 2018, was born Jan. 2 at 12:36 p.m. From left are Dr. Billy Black, mother Emily Anderson, sister Riley Anderson and father Jacob Anderson.

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System and the Anderson family celebrated the New Year in a special way in the Labor and Delivery Suite.

Hattie RaeAnn Anderson helped ring in 2018 as the first baby born in the New Year at MHHS. Hattie, born January 2nd at 12:36PM, is the daughter of Emily and Jacob Anderson, of Morristown. She weighed 8 lbs., 5 oz. and was 21 1/4 inches long.

Riley, Hattie’s 2-year-old big sister, grinned from ear to ear at the sight of her new sibling.

Being a New Year’s Baby must run in the family; Hattie’s great-grandfather was born on New Year’s Day 90 years earlier in 1928.

Based on 2017 statistics, it is estimated that 12,280 babies were born on New Year’s Day in the United States. According to UNICEF, nearly 386,000 babies were born on New Year’s Day worldwide. 

• India — 69,070
• China — 44,760
• Nigeria — 20,210
• Pakistan — 14,910
• Indonesia — 13,370
• The United States — 11,280
• The Democratic Republic of Congo — 9,400
• Ethiopia — 9,020
• Bangladesh — 8,370

The Labor and Delivery suite remained quiet New Year’s Day after having over two dozen babies born during the Christmas holiday.

Hattie’s original due date was January 14, but was excited to celebrate the New Year with her family. Both Emily and Hattie are happy and healthy.

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