Photo by John F. Russell
Proud first-time parents Edie Seffrood and Corwin Gugel hold their new baby, Jocelyn Jade Gugel, on Thursday afternoon at the Yampa Valley Medical Center. Jocelyn, who was born at 8:35 p.m. Jan. 2, is the first baby born at the hospital this year.
Names and numbers
- Of the 431 babies delivered at Yampa Valley Medical Center in 2007, boys outnumbered girls 224 to 207. In 2006, 239 boys were born at YVMC compared to 191 girls.
- For the second year in a row, the most popular name for girls was Haley, and any derivative spelling. With six girls of that same name, none had the same spelling. Other popular names for girls included Addison and Kaylee, followed by Madeline, Abigail, Chloe, Danika, Ellie, Isabelle, Lily and Olivia.
- There were four boys each named Alexander and Owen, followed by names including Anthony, Andrew, Jaden, James, John, Matthew and Zachary.
Steamboat Springs Edie Seffrood welcomed a new member to her family with the help of close friends Wednesday, when she gave the first birth of 2008 at Yampa Valley Medical Center.
Seffrood is a nurse in the hospital's Family Birth Place. She gave birth to her first baby girl, Jocelyn Jade Gugel, at about 8:30 p.m.
"We had some extra hands. It's nice when everybody is friends, it's quite a cohesive group," Seffrood said of giving birth in one of the rooms she's worked in for 2 1/2 years.
Jocelyn - at 5 pounds, 1 ounce and 18 inches long - arrived about a month early.
"She's just a little peanut. Considering we're not very tall people, we're surprised at how long she is," Seffrood said of her daughter's size in relation to herself and her husband, Corwin Gugel.
Gugel said he had just turned on a hockey game Wednesday night when Seffrood realized she was going into labor.
"It was kind of a surprise," Seffrood said. "We were wondering, but we weren't sure. And then it was like, 'OK, this is for real,' and then the pregnancy started."
As the first baby of 2008 at YVMC, Jocelyn could continue a trend of booming birth rates at the hospital. In 2007, staff delivered a record-breaking 431 babies. That barely broke a record set in 2006, when staff delivered 430 babies at the hospital.
"In 1998, when we broke ground for the new hospital, we had 259 births at the previous Routt Memorial Hospital," said Althea Stone, director of the hospital's obstetrics and special care nursery. "Just two years later, during our first full year at our new location, we delivered 332 infants, an increase of 28 percent. Our birth rate has grown in six of the past eight years."
Last year boasted the busiest month ever for the Family Birth Place - staff delivered 59 babies in October - and set the groundwork for an expansion that will double the amount of beds and give doctors more room to work.
"It's just a phenomenal growth from the day we opened here," YVMC Public Relations Director Christine McKelvie said of the record births.
Seffrood said she worked for part of a 24-hour period last year that saw eight new babies.
With Jocelyn stretched out on his chest, Gugel, who works with bicycles at Ski Haus, said he's looking forward to everything that comes with being a father.
"I can't wait to buy her her first bike," he said.
Seffrood and Gugel said they plan to take Jocelyn home today, as long as everything keeps going well.
"It's quite the way to start the new year," Seffrood said. "We started it with a bang."