Interlake-Eastern RHA’s New Year’s baby arrived at 9:59 a.m. on New Year’s Day at Selkirk Regional Health Centre.
Selah Praise was 7 lbs, 12 oz and she is the third child of Iris and Titus Hofer of Interlake Colony near Teulon. She will be going home to meet her big sister Gracie Joy, 3, and big brother Blake, 1.
Dr. Margaret Speer attended the birth.
“She was so calm. The staff here are amazing even with COVID and the protocols that need to be followed,” said Titus.
It’s become a tradition for the Selkirk Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, that runs the hospital’s gift shop, to present a gift basket to the health centre’s first born child of the year. It’s a gift that the Hofers were “flabbergasted” to receive.
“It’s extremely appreciated,” said Titus.
According to Betty Milkowski, chair of the auxiliary, the basket is a collection of items that will be helpful to the family.
“We’re always sure to include a playpen and a bunch of other goodies that a new family will need,” said Milkowski.
“We want to contribute to their enjoyment of their baby and we send them our best wishes for the coming years.”
The family birthing unit team at Selkirk Regional Health Centre feels honoured to play a role in welcoming babies into the world, and getting families off to a good start.
The unit is composed of eight beds and all rooms are private with a comfortable space for partners or other family members to rest. This unit is filled with bright natural light and it’s equipped with everything needed for low-risk deliveries.