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Last first baby born at old hospital

Last first baby born at old hospital
Last first baby born at old hospital
Londen Louis Mullen is the first baby born in 2008 at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon, arriving at 11:37 a.m. Jan. 2. His parents are Roderick Mullen and Jacinda Thompson, both of Salem. His half sister is 5-year-old Brooklyn. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Londen Louis Mullen has two titles as a baby born at Harrison County Hospital in Corydon: He was the first baby born in the new year and he will be the last first baby born at the current HCH. The first baby of 2009 will be born in the new hospital, which is set to open Feb. 21.
Londen was the 24th ‘first baby’ to be born in the Dillman Obstetrics Pavilion since it was dedicated in October 1984. He arrived at 11:37 a.m. Jan. 2, weighing 8.13 pounds and was 22 inches long. His parents are Jacinda Thompson, 27, and Roderick Louis Mullen, 21, both of Salem. He was also welcomed by a half sister, Brooklyn, 5.
Jacinda said her labor started just about midnight on Jan. 1, which was her due date, but she ‘kind of waited a while’ before heading to HCH. She said she thought she might have to drive herself from her home north of Salem to Corydon, but her mother ended up driving her. They left for the hospital about 5 a.m. Jan. 2.
Usually about a 40-minute drive, Jacinda said it took 90 minutes due to poor road conditions, as a small winter storm moved through the area New Year’s Day.
‘The roads were slick,’ she said.
Roderick arrived at the hospital a few minutes after Jacinda.
Dr. Joseph Sauer, Jacinda’s physician, delivered the baby.
After the baby arrived, the couple was told that Londen was the first baby of 2008 to be born at HCH.
Roderick said, according to a baby book of names, Londen means ‘city of the moon.’
Londen’s grandparents are Greg and Juymae Thompson of Salem and Roderick Mullen and Carrie Ratcliff, both of Louisville. Great-grandparents are Ray Simler of Salem, Barb Massey of Fredericksburg, and William Mullen and Ruby Ratcliff, both of Louisville. Londen’s great-great-grandmother is Zola Setser.
Jacinda said the family is ‘doing wonderful’ and that Londen is ‘a very good eater.
‘I wouldn’t say he’s a good sleeper’ yet, she added.

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