Having a New Year’s baby is something special. Having a New Year’s baby while you’re at work is, in the words of a mama who just did it, “a crazy experience.”
Baylee Swift is a Labor and Delivery RN at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She went to work on December 31 intending to help other mamas deliver their babies, and ended up having to switch from care provider to patient. Her second child wasn’t due until January 10, but babies don’t always respect mama’s work schedule.
“I started having strong contractions a little less than halfway through my 12-hour shift and I told my charge nurse I may need to have my cervix checked,” Swift tells Motherly.
“About 35 minutes after I was checked I was admitted and had to give my patients off to another nurse!”
Swift and her husband Justin (and their adorable son Colter, who is pictured with his new sister in the photo below) welcomed their daughter Oaklee at 4:14 a.m. She came into the world weighing 6 pounds, 9 ounces.
Oaklee was the first baby to be born in her mom’s workplace in 2019, and her birth will surely be talked about at Saint Alphonsus for years to come.
“The other nurses on the night shift were joking about me having the New Year’s baby, and it happened,” Swift said in a news release. “It is wonderful to have my work family being a part of this experience and for me to see it from the other side. It was a great experience.”