Harley Davidson Hale cruised into the world as the first baby born at Newman Regional Health in 2018.
His parents, Elizabeth Price and Wade Hale of Americus, said they were happy to welcome their bundle of joy and explained how they came to choose his name.
“I’m so excited,” Hale said. “We came up with Harley’s name from a movie we both saw, ‘Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man.’”
Price added: “We come from a biker family. I’m really excited, and I can’t wait to take Harley home today.”
Hale was born at 7:17 a.m. Monday, weighing in at 8 pounds, 4.1 ounces and was 21 inches long.
“Wade’s family was wanting us to have the first baby of the new year,” Price said. “I was trying to hold him in so my parents could be here for the delivery. When midnight hit and my contractions were two minutes apart, I called the ambulance because I couldn’t wait any longer. He was coming.”
Before his parents could take him home Tuesday afternoon, Harley Davidson received some special gifts.
Jessie Wagoner, hospital volunteer and social media coordinator, and Melissa Kirchgestner of the Newman Regional Health Foundation, presented the family with a baby bath filled with a handmade blanket, pacifiers, children’s books, toys, a first aid kit, a silver spoon and an assortment of other baby care items.
“Each year the auxiliary, foundation and hospital all want to help welcome the first baby of the new year with some special gifts,” Wagoner said. “We wish baby Harley and his parents a wonderful new year filled with health and happiness.”
The family also received some other special gifts for Harley.
“We received a onesie that says Harley’s a New Year’s baby on it,” Hale said.
Price added, “Yeah I guess someone donated that five hours before he was even born. We also had a lady here (Ann Fullen) from the Read to Your Bunny program. She read to Harley and he just smiled.”
When asked what they thought the future held for little Harley Davidson, Hale said he thought he would be a mechanic.
Price added, “He’s going to be just like his dad. He is a jack-of-all-trades and can do pretty much everything. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.”
According to the Women’s Life Center, there were a total of 403 deliveries at Newman Regional in 2017, which falls with the average range of 405 – 410 births yearly.