Bedford County's newest resident of the new year is Andres Navarro, a baby boy born at 12:58 p.m. Sunday to Teresa Arellano Gomez, according to Stephanie Speegle, director of marketing at Harton Regional Medical Center in Tullahoma.
It's the first baby for long-time Shelbyville resident Teresa and her husband Manuel. Andres weighed six pounds, nine ounces at birth. "He's doing great," said Teresa, who reports that he's been sleeping peacefully. "He's a good baby."
In Murfreesboro, Amanda Vassar gave birth to a daughter, Luna Vryona Clemente, at 7:46 a.m. Tuesday. Weighing seven pounds and seven ounces, she is Vassar's second January baby in as many years.
"I just had the last one Jan. 25," said Vassar of son Justin Clemente.
The birth was uneventful, she says. "Wasn't nothing new that happened, everything went good."
She reports that she and the baby's father Agustin Clemente are excited about the birth. Grandparents are Mary Robinson of Shelbyville and the late Kenneth Robinson.
"It's been a busy year and we're grateful to have been a part of helping bring so many little ones into the world," said Janet McIntosh, director of nursing for the maternal child division. "We've heard the number of births should be down this year. MTMC is definitely going against the national trend of fewer births, both this year and over the past few years."
In summer 2011, the Centers for Disease and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics reported a four percent drop in births in the United States from 2007 to 2009 and the largest two-year decline in 30 years. The preliminary number of U.S. births for 2010 is 3 percent less than 2009. Many have blamed the economy and recession.
"We actually broke several birth records during 2011 with a record breaking 248 babies born in a one-month period in July," McIntosh said. "We always see a peak in the summer and early fall but it has continued the rest of the year. We almost broke the one-month record again with 241 deliveries in December."