Photo courtesy of TLRMC James and Jessica Baxter, of Leitchfield, pose with their daughter, Mackenzie, in a Mother/Baby Care room at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. Mackenzie was the first baby born in Grayson County in 2019.

Photo courtesy of TLRMC

James and Jessica Baxter, of Leitchfield, pose with their daughter, Mackenzie, in a Mother/Baby Care room at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center. Mackenzie was the first baby born in Grayson County in 2019.

Staff Report

The first baby born at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center in 2019 arrived a couple of days early, but nobody in the family seems to mind, as Jessica and James Baxter, of Leitchfield, are now the proud parents of Mackenzie Baxter, who entered the world at 9:19 a.m. on New Year's Day (Tuesday).

The baby girl weighed 7 pounds and 4 ounces, and was 19 inches long. In addition to her parents, Mackenzie Baxter was welcomed by her siblings, Isaac and Olivia Baxter, and grandparents, Christy and Robert Jones and Linda and Jimmy Baxter.

The occasion also marked Dr. Sam Buck's delivering the first baby of the year for the second year in a row at the local hospital, which has averaged almost 400 births annually for the past several years.

According to Bonnie Embrey, RNC, BSN, Nursing Director for Mother/Baby Care (Obstetrics) at TLRMC, the OB nursing staff always makes an extra effort to celebrate the first baby of the year.

“The staff takes the time to gather gifts to give to our first baby then gets them ready," Embrey said. "Families who have babies born at TLRMC already know how much the staff cares about every baby born here. This is a time for them to go above and beyond what they already do for every one of our families.”

Information on all the babies born at Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center can be viewed at the hospital's website, www.tlrmc.com. After arriving at the site, click on the “Nursery” button.

Embrey wants to thank and recognize the people and businesses who donated gifts to the new mother 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 It quilting guild, the American Legion Auxiliary, Clark’s Upholstery, Dairy Queen, The Cecilian Bank, Mi Camino Real, Little Caesar’s Pizza, Farmer’s Feed Mill Restaurant, and the TLRMC gift shop.