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Amy Umble is health reporter for The Free Lance-Star
Spotsy hospital hosts first baby
Kimberly Werle walked into the emergency room at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center early this morning. Seven hours later, the Stafford County resident had delivered the hospital’s first baby.
Brayden Werle, a 7-pound, 8-ounce boy, was born at 9:14 this morning. He joins dad, Philip, and 10-year-old brother, Austin, in the Werle family.
Kimberly Werle, 34, said she was at home during last night’s thunderstorm, trying to sleep, when her water broke. “I knew it was time to go,” she said. Werle contacted Dr. Donna Wicker, her obstetrician, who suggested that the family drive to the new hospital.
The hospital won’t open officially until June 7, but it’s fully operational and in the middle of a two-week, federal regulatory period when it must admit 30 patients.
The Werles went from the emergency room to the labor-and-delivery unit on the second-floor. The hospital staff was so excited, Werle said, that she remembers thinking, “I hope I really am in labor. I’m pretty sure I am, 99 percent sure. I didn’t want to let anyone down.”
Indeed, her son arrived after a few hours and is doing fine. “Things went really smoothly,” she said.
(For more on Spotsylvania Regional’s first baby, see the story in tomorrow’s paper.)