First Baby

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By Neila Schuhmann

Taylor Regional Hospital Women's Center had a busy morning on Friday with three cesarean births and one natural birth.

Joshua Tavion Lee Graves was born at 2:34 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 2. He is the first baby of the New Year to be born at Taylor Regional Hospital.

"And we've still got one in the back in labor," said Women's Center Director Margaret McVay.

In all, eight babies were being tended to on Friday at the Women's Center.

Joshua, born by cesarean, is the first child for mother Diana Grider, 21, and father Josh Graves, both of Columbia. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20 inches long.

As first baby delivered at TRH in 2009, Joshua will receive a basket full of goodies from the Center's nurses. It includes a handmade blanket and cap, crafted by one of the nurses, as well as a silver piggybank, a crocheted Christmas stocking, bibs, bottles, bath items, T-shirts and sleepers.

In addition, Taylor Regional Hospital has given the newborn a $100 Savings Bond.

According to McVay, The Women's Center welcomed 335 babies in 2008.

- Social Writer Neila Schuhmann can be reached at 465-8111 Ext. 224 or by e-mail at cknj@cknj.com. Comment on this story at www.cknj.com.