The first baby of the New Year born at TAMC was welcomed into the world on Friday, January 3, 2014 at 2:55 p.m. Carly Jacqueline Cole weighed in at 8 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
Cole is the third child born to Ashley and Jonathan Cole of Mapleton. Her parents, four-year-old big brother Levi, and three-year-old big sister Addison are looking forward to welcoming her home upon her release from the Women and Children’s Unit at TAMC’s A.R. Gould Memorial Hospital in Presque Isle.
In honor of the special delivery, the Coles were presented with a basket full of gifts for the newborn and family members. The basket, donated by Machias Savings Bank, included various items for newborns and a few special items for the family. In addition, a keepsake item and a special baby blanket was presented by the staff in the TAMC Women and Children’s unit, along with a hand-made quilt donated by the Crown of Maine Quilters, which was made by quilter Kate Albert of Madawaska.
“We are so thankful for Carly’s Health and that she finally came,” said mom Ashley. “We are just so thrilled and touched by the wonderful gifts and all of the excitement. Her siblings have been so excited and are just thrilled they have a baby sister!”
TAMC’s first baby of 2014 was supposed to be closer to a Christmas miracle. Carly was originally due to arrive in the world on December 26th.
“Our first and second child both came early – so we were thinking we’d have Carly as an early Christmas present. Then, when Christmas came and went, we thought for certain we’d have her by the New Year,” said Jonathan Cole. “I guess she had her own timetable planned.”
Carly was delivered by TAMC Certified Nurse Midwife Nancy Escobar, MSN, CNM. Assisting in the delivery were Deirdre Clark, RN, labor and delivery nurse, and Leslie Wheaton, RN, nursery nurse.
For Escobar, and the entire TAMC Women and Children’s team, welcoming TAMC’s first baby of 2014 is a great way to start a new year that comes on the heels of a very exciting 2013 for the team. The Women and Children’s unit just learned that two recent independent surveys showed that maternity care at the Presque Isle hospital ranks among the highest in Maine.
“We have an excellent team here at TAMC and this reminds us all why we just love doing what we do. We not only have the pleasure of welcoming new lives into the world, but in many cases we see families get their start and watch them grow,” said Escobar. “Our team has provided pre-natal care and delivered all three of the Cole babies. So, as their extended family, we share in the joy of this new addition to our extended family.”
Carly Jacqueline Cole’s maternal grandparents are Jacqueline and Taylor Putnam, Sr. of Mapleton. Her paternal grandparents are Oland and Patricia Cole of Winn.
Identical gift baskets to the one presented to the Cole family were also donated by Machias Savings Bank to The County’s three other hospitals to present to their first babies born in the New Year. The gift by the bank, which last month opened branches in Presque Isle and Caribou, is part of a new collaborative program in 2014 that will introduce the newest residents of Aroostook County to the community.
Special Deliveries, a partnership between Machias Savings Bank and WAGM-TV, will broadcast the photos and birth announcements of babies born at all County hospitals on the County’s only commercial television station weekly. The newborns, whose parents sign an appropriate waiver to have their child’s birth broadcast, will be featured each Wednesday and Thursday on the 5:30 p.m. edition of NewsSource 8 and during other broadcasts on WAGM.
“We are delighted to be a part of this exceptional moment in a parent’s life. Together with WAGM we are thrilled to be able to welcome Maine’s newest residents,” said Traci Sanborn, senior vice president, Machias Savings Bank.
The premiere Special Deliveries broadcast is expected to air the week of January 12, and will feature babies born from the first of the year through the first full week of 2014. Carly Jacqueline Cole will be among the first newborns featured. The minute-long segments will be produced and air weekly thereafter.