New Year baby doesn’t wait for doctor
Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor, Editor, [email protected]
Harrison County Hospital’s first baby of 2022 had a mind of her own.
Sapphire Elaine Singleton arrived last Wednesday morning at 6:04.
Initially due today (Wednesday), Sapphire sent her mom, Zella Griffey of Louisville, to the hospital about 4 p.m. last Tuesday.
Griffey said she saw her obstetrician, Dr. Errin C. Dunn, at about 8 that night. Dunn opted to go ahead and induce Griffey, expecting the baby to arrive around 6 p.m. the following day.
However, the labor-inducing drug sped things up, reducing Griffey’s labor time by about 12 hours.
Dalton Singleton of Corydon, the baby’s father, said Dunn missed the delivery by about 20 minutes.
Because the baby arrived at shift change in the hospital’s OB department, four nurses were on hand to manage the delivery.
“It was so quick,” said Rachel Powers of Salem, who has been employed as a nurse for HCH about 1-1/2 years.
Powers, who “caught” the baby, said there were no complications during the birth, which was Griffey’s first.
“She was so calm,” Powers said of Griffey, who delivered naturally.
Sapphire weighed 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was 21 inches long.
Her maternal grandmother is Tabitha Griffey of Louisville, and her paternal grandmother is Donna King of Corydon.
Singleton said Sapphire’s half brother, 2-1/2-year-old Lucas Keys, was excited to have a baby sister.
For the past three years, the first baby born at HCH arrived on Jan. 1. Going back to 2003, the New Year’s babies have arrived within the first four days of January. It wasn’t until Jan. 6 in 2000 that the first baby was born to a Harrison or Crawford County resident at HCH.
Sapphire went home with her parents later on Thursday, amid the first snow of 2022.
“I’ll always remember that delivery,” Powers said. “She’s adorable.”