Bennington County's first baby of 2019 arrives

Bennington County's first baby of 2019 shares a birthday with Mom

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BENNINGTON — Gabrielle Freeman's birthday gift came as she predicted.

She had a feeling her daughter would share her birthday — Jan. 1. And she did.

Taylor Ann Woodard, the first baby of the new year at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, was born 2:52 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2019. She was due Jan. 6.

Freeman, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was the first baby born in all of Vermont in 1997. She was also born at SVMC, in the same room where she gave birth to Taylor. "It was in this room," she said. "Same room, same day, different year."

Her labor started 11:30 p.m. Dec. 29. Taylor took about 40 hours to arrive; Freeman was sent home twice due to inactive labor.

Taylor weighed 5 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 16.75 inches.

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Freeman's boyfriend, Franklin Woodard III, took her to the hospital in the rain. Freeman ruined the new slippers she received for Christmas rushing out to the car.

Her older daughter, Aliah Lou Freeman, 2, was also born at SVMC on Feb. 26, 2016.

"I was shooting for the leap year, but she didn't want the leap year," Freeman said. When she came to the hospital to have Aliah, every room was full.

But this time was much slower.

"It was really quiet," she said. "I was the only one on in labor."

Freeman is a stay-at-home mom. Woodard runs the ski lift at West Mountain Ski Resort in Queensbury, N.Y., and also works at a fence and deck company.

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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