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Oh baby! Mason Nelson is first arrival of new year at Sanford Worthington Medical Center

The first baby born in 2014 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center arrived late Wednesday. Shown are parents Adam and Megan Nelson, big brother Travis and newborn Mason. (Erin Trester/Daily Globe)

WORTHINGTON — Megan and Adam Nelson, natives of Jackson, started the New Year with quite a shock.

Their bundle of joy came 10 days earlier than expected at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Mason Nelson was born 11:04 p.m. Wednesday at 7 pounds, 5 ounces; he was 19 3/4 inches long.

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“I had a scheduled C-section for Jan. 10, but I was having some minor contractions Wednesday,” Megan explained Thursday. “They weren’t very close together, but I just wanted to go to the hospital to make sure everything was OK.”

What started as a minor checkup progressed as the night went on.

“Before I knew it the contractions were getting closer, and the doctors decided that I should have the C-section tonight,” Megan said. “It was just a shock and very unexpected.”

Baby Mason isn’t the first child in the family. His older brother, Travis, is just as excited about his new little brother as his parents.

“He keeps asking me if I have a baby anymore,” Megan laughs. “He also has a cousin who is about four months old, and so he confuses the two and thinks they’re the same person. But he’s a great big brother.”

The Nelsons also got another surprise from Estee Cregeen, mother of Sanford Worthington Medical Center’s New Year’s baby of 2013.

“She brought us a blanket, burp rags and a little outfit — the present was waiting for us when we got to the room,” Adam said. “We thought it was really nice that she did that for us.”

In 2013, there were 413 babies born at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington’s Women’s Center.

“We didn’t break the 400 mark last year — 2012 — so we’re really excited that we exceeded that number,” Women’s Center Nurse Manager Wendy Marco said.

The Women’s Center offers prenatal classes, post-partum home visits, a pain management program that includes epidurals and a lactation consultant. 

“Our birthing classes are available four times a year and are split up into five nights,” Marco said. “We teach women about the current stage of pregnancy they’re in and the birthing process. The last birthing class is about what to expect post-pregnancy. We touch on everything from feeding, changing, bathing and — of course — dealing with those sleepless nights.” 

Even though little Mason just barely made it to the New Year’s Baby title, the Nelsons are just happy that he is happy and healthy.

“I just want to congratulate the family and am very happy that they chose to come to Worthington,” said Marco.

Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.

Erin Trester
Erin Trester is the crime and city reporter for the Daily Globe. She's a native of Lewiston, MN, but moved to Buffalo, NY to attend college and obtained her bachelor's degree in Communications. She started at the Western New York Catholic Newspaper as a reporter in Buffalo, but in October 2013 she returned to her home state to start with the Daily Globe. Most of her spare time is taken up by her 13-year-old thoroughbred named Faith, but some of her other hobbies include reading, fishing and spending time with friends and family. 
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