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Alliance's New Year's baby arrives Wednesday morning

January 3, 2013
By Mallory Evans, The Review, Published January 3, 2013  

Alliance Community Hospital welcomed its first baby of the new year at 7:17 a.m. Wednesday. Brooklynn Marie Hollenbaugh came into the world 21.5 inches long, weighing 7 pounds, 10.7 ounces. Her mother went into labor on New Year's Day, but Brooklynn didn't arrive until the next morning.

The 2013 New Year's baby is the first child to Barbie Hall, of Alliance, and Richard Hollenbaugh, of Sebring. The couple has been together for five years. Hollenbaugh, 23, works at Salem Republic in Sebring and Hall, 19, is studying to be a nurse at Aultman School of Nursing.

Baby Brooklynn's due date was Dec. 28, but she arrived five days late. Barbie said she was scheduled to be induced on Jan. 3, but was relieved that she went into labor before that date.

When Barbie arrived at Alliance Community Hospital on New Year's Day there were a few other expecting mothers, but they returned home to wait a little longer. "I thought I was going to have to race someone," Barbie said with a chuckle. Obstetrics nurses explained that babies seem to come in waves, and this week has been pretty quiet in the hospital's BirthPlace. Last year, 425 babies were born at the hospital.

Barbie was in labor for about 20 hours overall. The delivery was all natural, which Barbie hadn't been expecting. "It was rough, but it's worth it," she said.

Dr. Craig S. O'Dear performed Brooklynn's delivery. On-duty nurses in the obstetrics department were happy to welcome the first baby of 2013. They said that Brooklynn's delivery went well.

Richard is excited about fatherhood and said the experience has been great so far. "I'm happy to be a new dad in the new year," he added. His little girl is a healthy, round baby with a full head of dark hair. Brooklynn's aunt, Aimee Hall, said that she hopes the newborn's dark hair gets curly.

Brooklynn's grandparents are Terrance and Denise Hall and Joyce Hollenbaugh, all of Alliance.

Grandmother Denise was a miracle baby herself. Born prematurely, she weighed only 1 pound, 7 ounces and her hearing was affected as a result. Both of Barbie's parents are deaf, but Brooklynn's hearing seems to be working well.

Great-aunt Debbie Bester was pleased to meet Brooklynn, her first great-niece. Bester remembered that Denise experienced long labor with Barbie, as well as Aimee.

Brooklynn spent most of her first day sleeping. She is scheduled to go home with her parents on Friday. At home, Barbie used pink and brown decor in her daughter's nursery. She said there isn't an exact theme, but the brown and pink florals make for a pretty room.

Brooklynn received her first books from Rodman Public Library during her stay at the hospital. Barbie said she was thankful for the books and appreciates the library's gift.

The BirthPlace at Alliance Community Hospital expects to see many more babies arrive in 2013. To see names and photos of babies born at the hospital, check the virtual nursery at Newborns are also announced regularly in The Review.

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