The Southeast region’s New Year’s baby arrived more than 24 hours into 2021, perhaps to ensure 2020 was well and truly gone before making an entrance.
Shilo Denise Irène Beaudoin was delivered by midwives at Bethesda Regional Health Centre at 12:50 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2.
Shilo is the fourth child born to proud parents Dean and Desireé Beaudoin, who reside in Rosengard, southeast of Kleefeld.
Siblings Eli (seven), Owen (three), and Emerson (21 months) approved of the new addition to their family.
"They are all very much in love with her, so far," Desireé Beaudoin said with a chuckle.
Weighing eight pounds, eight ounces and measuring 21.5 inches, Shilo was born 10 days after her original due date of Dec. 22.
"I was hoping for a Christmas baby but we got a New Year’s baby instead," Beaudoin said with a laugh.
For a few hours on New Year’s Eve, it looked as though Shilo would arrive in time to ring in the new year.
"I had actually started labour on the 31st, and then it stopped, and then it started up again on the first," Beaudoin said.
Last year’s New Year’s baby greeted a new decade. This year’s was born during the COVID-19 pandemic—amid sweeping code red restrictions in Manitoba, no less.
That prospect didn’t faze Beaudoin when she learned she was expecting.
"I wasn’t too stressed about it, I’m a stay-at-home mom so I’m always home anyways with my kids."
Restrictions at health-care centres prevented her from bringing anyone with her to pregnancy checkups. That meant the three kids couldn’t listen to the baby’s heartbeat on the ultrasound.
"My husband couldn’t come with me to appointments, or my kids, which sucked, but I’d rather be safe than sorry," Beaudoin said.
She said she benefitted from the same supports any expectant mother does, they just sometimes took a different form.
Arriving at Bethesda, the Beaudoins had to quickly acclimatize to precautionary measures.
"We had to wear masks in the halls but we were able to take them off in our own room," Beaudoin said.
Her husband could only leave the ward once—if he left again he wouldn’t be readmitted. Beaudoin also couldn’t invite her mother to join her at the hospital to free up Dean to take the other children home.
"That was a little difficult but we managed," she said.
Care from midwives allowed Beaudoin to be discharged from hospital early and monitored at home.