Family celebrates New Year’s baby born in Ponoka

A Clive couple is proud to have the first baby born at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre in 2016.

Peter and Rebecca Procee celebrate the birth of their newborn and first baby Olivia on Saturday

Peter and Rebecca Procee celebrate the birth of their newborn and first baby Olivia on Saturday

A Clive couple is proud not only to be first-time parents but to also have the first baby born at the Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre in 2016.

Rebecca and Peter Procee’s healthy baby daughter Olivia was welcomed to the world on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 10:50 a.m. Olivia was born seven pounds three ounces and given a clean bill of health by doctors. Mrs. Procee said Olivia was due earlier in the week and was a little late. Had she been born on time, Olivia might have been a 2015 baby.

Staff were also congratulating Rebecca for having the first baby of the new year as she is also a nurse in the maternity unit at the Ponoka hospital.

“I’ve got hands on experience,” joked Mrs. Procee.

“It was a great experience,” she added.

Mr. Procee said staff were professional and did a great job with the birth. Family and friends were out to see baby Olivia and the family was allowed to return home the next day.