Baby girl, born at 10:40 a.m. on January 1st, was first baby delivered at hospital in 2021

Cartersville, Ga., (Jan. 1, 2021) – Harlow Ella-Giselle Williams, 8 lbs., 8 1/2 oz., and 20 inches long, was the first baby of the year born at Cartersville Medical Center.

Proud parents Shaniya Peters and Jaelan Williams welcomed their healthy baby girl at 10:40 a.m. on January 1st at Cartersville Medical Center. Dr. Hugo Ribot of Cartersville OB/GYN Associates delivered the newborn.

Mother/Baby services staff presented the family with a New Year Baby gift basket in honor of their special delivery.

“This past year has been one of great concern with countless challenges during the historic pandemic,” said Kelly Costner, director of perinatal services at Cartersville Medical Center. “Unfortunately, not only do COVID-19 patients present in the ICU or ER, but also on the Mother/Baby unit. And while my colleagues have been weary at times, their strength and resilience has allowed them to overcome challenges and obstacles and continue to provide exceptional care. Working in the Mother/Baby department I am reminded every day that hope is never lost. These precious new lives that we are privileged to be a part of caring for, provide that very hope that we seek. The babies being born right now, including the New Year baby, are the babies that began life at the beginning of the pandemic back in March and April. They are our future, they are our hope, and they are the silver lining of a dark cloud. I count myself fortunate to be able to lead such an amazing, competent team in the Mother/Baby unit and we are proud to be part of Harlow and her parents’ special day.”

Cartersville Medical Center delivers about 1,000 babies annually.