Ellie Spare is first Beebe Baby of new year

First baby of 2018 born in the First Town in the First State
January 3, 2018

Ellie Spare joined the world at 1:51 a.m., Monday, Jan. 1, making her the first Beebe Baby of 2018.

Mom Katherine and dad Phil were not prepared to have a New Year's Day baby, as Ellie wasn't due until mid-January.

"I was doing laundry on Sunday and whoosh, my water broke," said Katherine. The Millsboro couple was admitted to the hospital about 30 minutes later. Dr. Angela Caswell-Monack of Beebe Women's Healthcare – Plantations delivered Ellie.

Beebe's Women's and Children's Health team members had put together donations for a basket for the year's first baby to receive. The basket includes onesies, little booties, blankets and more.

Ellie joins two siblings at home – a 6-year-old brother and a 22-year-old sister.

"We joke that Ellie is here only because of her brother," said Phil. "We weren't planning to have any more children, but her brother wished for a baby in a wishing well, and two weeks later we found out we were pregnant!"

Beebe Healthcare is creating the next generation of Women's and Children's Health with its proposed $180 million expansion plan. The plan calls for an expansion on the main campus in Lewes to include a new labor and delivery wing to serve the area’s growing population of young families. For more information, go to

Beebe is proud to be a Baby-Friendly Hospital, reflecting its commitment to the optimal level of care for infant feeding and mother-and-infant bonding. To learn more, go to