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‘Smooth sailing’ for first 2020 baby at HCH

‘Smooth sailing’ for first 2020 baby at HCH
‘Smooth sailing’ for first 2020 baby at HCH
Evalynne Grace Newton is held by her parents, Samantha and Josh, and older brother, Maddox, at Harrison County Hospital. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]

A Corydon couple was celebrating New Year’s Eve with out-of-town relatives but, after enjoying a steak dinner, they made a trip to Harrison County Hospital in Corydon.

Unseasonably warm temperatures on the last day of 2019 allowed Josh Newton to fire up the grill and cook steaks for the gathering. Soon after eating, Samantha, his wife of five years, began having contractions although her projected due date was Jan. 10.

So, they bid goodnight to their guests and went to HCH, where staff confirmed Samantha was in labor and needed to stay. She was admitted at 7:15 p.m.

Nearly eight hours later, at 3:12 a.m., the couple’s daughter, Evalynne Grace, was delivered by Dr. Joseph Sauer. She weighed 6 pounds, 5.5 ounces and was 19-3/4 inches long.

“It was smooth sailing,” Josh said of the experience. “Nothing wild.”

Perhaps that’s because the Newtons have a 3-year-old son, Maddox.

Maddox was excited to hold his baby sister before the couple was discharged from the hospital the following afternoon. Although he wasn’t too sure about being the big brother when the newborn’s stretching resulted in a slight fist bump to his face.

Samantha felt at home at HCH, where she has been employed as a registered nurse in the cardiology department the past three years. Josh is a five-year employee of Indiana Utilities Corp.

Evalynne’s maternal grandparents are Bruce and Jessica LaHue and Jennifer and Brent Murphy, all of Corydon, and great-grandparents are Bob and Barbara LaHue of Clarksville, formerly of Leavenworth. Her paternal grandparents are Jim and Paula Newton of Mauckport and the late Cheryl Newton.

The couple knew they were having a girl but they were surprised when a basket of goodies were delivered to HCH by John and Kelly Birkla in memory of their daughter, Carly Birkla, who was the first baby born at HCH in 1985. Carly was killed in a car crash in 2005.

A number of other gifts was given to the couple, thanks to several Harrison County businesses.

Last year’s first baby was born on New Year’s Day at 9:40 a.m. Previously, since 2003, the earliest Jan. 1 delivery of the first baby was at 5:35 a.m.