AU celebrates first babies born at AU Health in 2022

AUGUSTA, Ga (WRDW / WAGT) – We said goodbye to 2021 and hello to 2022, and early Saturday morning Thomsen and Owen Bryant joined in the New Years celebrations by being the first babies born in 2022 at AU Health.

The family is based here in Fort Gordon and they already have 3 daughters at home.

Lindsay Bryant, the mother, said she was thrilled to have the first babies of 2022 born at AU Health.

They are from Pennsylvania and said her out-of-state family enjoyed seeing the babies via the AU Health Facebook post because it was an unexpected way for them to kick off the New Year.

“It was a surprise,” said Bryant.

Thomsen and Owen Bryant were originally scheduled to arrive around January 17.

“That’s what I had in mind all the time and they decided to come anyway,” said Bryant. “It was exciting and a surprise.

Born at 1:35 am and 1:39 am, they were the first babies to be born this year at AU Health, making their early arrival a little more special.

“It’s fun having them as the first babies born here of the year,” said Bryant.

Dr Erin Latif, OBGYN associate professor at AU Health, said it was a fun experience for them, too, as the local hospital run sees who will have the first baby in the new year.

“Even though it’s not the first baby in town, delivering the first baby of the new year is still a special thing, and it’s something that parents and possibly the baby can have a right to brag about,” Latif said.

They may not be the first babies born in Augusta, but Dr Latif said she has never seen the first baby of the new year be a pair of twins.

“It was a really special thing for 2022, maybe both of them meant there had to be two babies,” Latif said.

The family will be celebrating being AU Health’s first babies in 2022 for years to come.

“We’re going to have double the celebrations, or I guess triple because it’s New Years and the birthdays of two babies,” Bryant said.

Celebrations begin at the hospital for the first babies born each year as AU nurses gather to make a gift bag for parents.

The Bryant twins are doing well and will join three sisters when they are released from the hospital.

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