Toni Garrard Clay
The Athens Review
On New Year’s Eve night, Amber Baker and her partner, Ryan Miller, sat around a bonfire with family to see the new year in. They turned in around 2 a.m., and when Amber woke the next morning, she realized she was in labor.
“They had been saying the night before, ‘You’re gonna have this baby.’ And I said, ‘No, no, no.’ Then it happened.”
Though she wasn’t due until Jan. 15, Emma Marie Miller was the first baby born at ETMC Athens in 2014. She arrived at 2:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20-and-a-half inches long.
“She’s a pretty baby,” said Amber only a few hours after the delivery. Emma is her first child. “It happened so fast, I haven’t really wrapped my head around it.”
“We went to bed at 2 last night, and about 12 hours later, had a baby,” Ryan said.
Judging by the smile on his face, the early arrival of Baby Emma is a fully happy surprise.
Amber chose to have the baby at ETMC Athens under the care of Dr. Mark Eldore, although they live in Kaufman County.
“The nurses here are very nice,” she said. “They took good care of me and made me feel very calm.”
Amber and Ryan both said they had not given any particular thought to having a New Year’s Day baby during their hour-long drive to the hospital.
“Then they wheeled me in here, and said, ‘You’re going to have the first baby.’ It didn’t occur to us before then. Our goal was to get here and get an epidural.”
For the occasion of having the first baby of the year at ETMC Athens, the hospital, OB staff and members of Lakeland Medical Associates joined together in giving several gifts, including a diaper pail and bag; a lullaby crib projector; diapers of various sizes; baby wipes, lotion and soaps; blankets, clothes and caps; bottles, pacifiers and a fruit basket.