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 www.nextgenerationofcare.org.
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 www.beebehealthcare.org/womens-health.