Mother overjoyed at having baby, one of first born in ENC in 2018
GREENVILLE, Pitt County - It didn't take long for the first baby of 2018 in Eastern North Carolina to arrive.
Starting at 1:52 a.m., the first baby was delivered at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville. Not long after that baby arrived, another came into the world at the same hospital at 3:41 a.m.
New parents Victoria and Brian Outlaw greeted their bundle of joy, Peyton Lucreasy Outlaw.
"I thought I was just pushing out a head and I ended up pushing out the whole baby and it was just an overwhelming blessing," said Victoria Outlaw. "It's a little part of both of us so seeing him (Brian Outlaw) hold her is ... I cried."
Peyton may not have been the first one born in Eastern North Carolina (another baby was born in Onslow County at 2:30 a.m.) Peyton was a healthy 7 pounds, 3 ounces. The Outlaws live more than an hour away in Ahoskie but wanted to make sure they were close to Vidant shortly after Victoria starting having contractions.
"She was contracting regularly but it's her first baby so it was a little too early for her to come to the hospital," said Sarah Sears, Victoria Outlaw's midwife.
Sears walked Victoria Outlaw through the steps such as taking a warm bath while waiting for the contractions to get closer. It's something Sears had to do for several patients.
"I was aware that people try to get their babies in before the (December) 31st because they like their tax writeoff," Sears said. "I did get a lot of calls of people who were hopeful they were in labor."
For Victoria, labor lasted roughly 15 hours. But she said she's thankful it produced what she describes as her biggest blessing.
"We struggled a little bit and to have her here with us, it's a feeling I can't describe," Victoria Outlaw said.
The Women's Services Department at Vidant helps deliver more than 3,600 babies each year. That makes it the largest birthing center in Eastern North Carolina.