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A Brand New Baby for a Brand New Year

Posted on February 1, 2017 in Patient Stories

When Melanie Mullins found out she was pregnant, it came as a complete surprise. The thought of having a baby was a little overwhelming, so she selected a hospital she knew she could trust. “I chose Fort Sanders because I had been a patient there before, and felt like I was really cared about while I was there,” Melanie says.

The birth of a first child is a monumental event in the life of a family, but more than 2,000 babies are born at  Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center each year, so first-time moms-to-be can set their minds at ease. Expecting parents find exceptional medical back-up with one of the best-equipped neonatal units in the area, and specialized OB surgical suites are designed for ultimate efficiency.
January 2, 2017 was the original due date, but Melanie went into labor on December 31, 2016.
Little Adalynn Irons made her grand entrance into the world at 1:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017. “I was nervous about being a new mom, but the doctors and nurses kept me calm and confident,” Melanie says. “The staff was amazing, from the nurses to the anesthesiologist who administered my epidural.”

Melanie appreciated the quality of care, and she also appreciated the compassion the nurses exhibited, making sure she was well cared for. That included little gestures of thoughtfulness that aren’t part of a nurse’s usual job description

“On my last evening in the hospital I was hungry at about 4:00 a.m., and I asked the nurse where the closest vending machine was,” Mullins recalls. “She brought me a sandwich, fruit, peanut butter and crackers, and a Sprite. It was just the sweetest thing,” Mullins says.

Melanie says it’s “pretty neat” to be the mother of the New Year’s Baby. “The staff made me feel special, and I am glad I will have such a special story to tell my daughter when she is older.”

Mother and baby are both doing well. You can learn more about the Birthing Center at Fort Sanders Regional by visiting