Photo courtesy of TLRMC Rachael and Kevin Pierce, of Clarkson, pose for a photo with their newest daughter, Ridgley, and their other children. Ridgley Pierce was the first baby born at TLRMC in 2018.

Photo courtesy of TLRMC

Rachael and Kevin Pierce, of Clarkson, pose for a photo with their newest daughter, Ridgley, and their other children. Ridgley Pierce was the first baby born at TLRMC in 2018.

Rachael and Kevin Pierce, of Clarkson, are the proud parents of the first baby born at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center (TLRMC) in 2018.

Ridgley Hannah Pierce entered the world at 6:31 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 1. The baby girl was delivered by Dr. Sam Buck, and her pediatrician is Dr. Anthony Smith.

In addition to her parents, Ridgley was also welcomed by her older brother, Atticus; sisters, Annie and Raelyn; and grandparents, Eddie & Linda Portman and Roger & Mary Pierce.

Kevin Pierce said jokingly that their extended family has had a baby born on Dec. 31 and another on Jan. 2, but they got it right with Ridgley Pierce.

TLRMC has been averaging just under 400 births for the past several years.

According to Nursing Director for Obstetrics Bonnie Embrey, RNC, BSN, the busy OB nursing staff made an extra effort preparing to celebrate the first baby of the year.

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"They put in a lot of time asking for and gathering the gifts, then getting them ready," Embrey said. "The families who have babies born at TLRMC already know how much the staff cares about every baby born here. This is one example of them going above and beyond what they already do for every one of our 'families.' "

Embrey wished to thank and recognize the people and businesses who donated gifts to the new mom and baby in honor of being the first delivery of the new year. Among the donors were the Grayson County Health Department, the Sew Bee Quilt Guild, McDonald's, Enfamil, Stephanie Geary, Bluegrass Check Advance, T-Shirt Express, and the TLRMC gift shop.

Photo courtesy of TLRMC

Rachael and Kevin Pierce, of Clarkson, pose for a photo with their newest daughter, Ridgley, and their other children. Ridgley Pierce was the first baby born at TLRMC in 2018.