Six-pound Aiden Cole became the first baby born in 2014 at Cullman Regional Medical Center on Thursday, surprising his first-time parents with his early arrival.
Parents Holly Winton, 19, of Decatur and Lazaro Salvador, 30, of Cullman welcomed the 20-inch newborn baby at 11:17 a.m. CRMC Chairman of Obstetrics Department and Chief of Gynecology Dr. Randy Yarbrough delivered the baby, and the CRMC maternity and nursery services team provided pre- and post-care for the family.
“It was a big surprise because he wasn’t due until Jan. 25,” said Winton from her hospital bed Friday. “My water broke around 7:45 p.m. Wednesday. I was shocked and nervous, but I had a feeling he would come early. I guess he is little stubborn.”
The family plan to reside in Cullman after being discharged from CRMC. The hospital gave Aiden Cole and his parents a basket of gifts, and the CRMC Foundation gave the new baby a complimentary “star” on the Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star mural in the Maternity Center lobby to commemorate his birth. ONE Rehab, Sports Medicine and Fitness gave family members hats, shirts and Aiden Cole an infant onesie.
CRMC’s maternity and nursery center delivers around 1,000 babies a year.
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