SARASOTA (Jan. 2, 2018) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital (SMH) welcomed New Year's baby Colton Campbell Arbuckle into the world at 5:31 am Jan. 1. The first SMH-born baby in 2018, Colton weighed 5 pounds, 7 ounces and was 19.25 inches long at his debut.
He came a bit earlier than expected. His due date was Jan. 10, but Colton’s dad Logan Arbuckle said his wife Meghan’s water broke about 4 am on Dec. 31. She was admitted and labored for 24 hours with her SMH team and certified nurse midwife Lee Cantwell. Colton was eventually delivered by caesarian section by obstetrician Dr. Deanna Doyle.
Although it was a challenging first birth for the Sarasota couple, the expectant parents were keenly aware of the New Year's excitement taking place around them. Meghan was among eight moms who labored throughout the day on New Year’s Eve. Sarasota Memorial staff celebrated New Year's Eve with the families with traditional holiday hoopla and non-alcoholic champagne.
“There were some long, grueling hours,” said Logan. “But the nurses made it a lot easier. They were a huge help, and when midnight came around, they brought in New Year’s hats and horns to celebrate with us.”
Once Meghan had a chance to rest and recover, the nursing staff presented the family with a special New Year’s baby basket filled with gifts for Colton.
The last SMH baby born in 2017 arrived at 6:43 pm Dec. 31 – bringing the year’s total babies delivered at the hospital to 3,627.