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Glenfield couple have first baby born in Jamestown in 2016

Amy Stangeland, left, holds her daughter, Jeslin Elaine Stangeland, who was born at 8:10 a.m. on Saturday, the first baby born at Jamestown Regional Medical Center in 2016. Husband Lucas is holding Jeslin’s elder brother, Brook, 2.

A Glenfield, N.D., couple are the parents of a baby girl, the first baby to be born in 2016 at Jamestown Regional Medical Center.

Jeslin Elaine Stangeland was born at 8:10 a.m. Saturday. The daughter of Amy and Lucas Stangeland, she weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces.

“It was really fast,” said Amy Stangeland, from her hospital room on Sunday.

“Everybody is healthy and that is the main thing,” said Lucas Stangeland about mother and baby.

Jeslin wasn’t due to arrive until Jan. 11, but Amy had already come into JRMC twice with contractions prior to making a third 45-mile trip, arriving at 4:30 a.m. on Saturday. She said she knew the third trip was going to be it this time.

Lucas said the nurses mentioned that Amy might be having the first baby of 2016 at JRMC, but he said that after two false alarms it might still be too early to say that just yet. It was only later that morning they learned that Jeslin was the New Year’s baby.

The gender of the baby was kept a surprise, Amy said. The couple also have a 2-year-old son, Brook, and she said they would eventually like to have four children.

“Right now we are a happy family of four,” Amy said.

Jeslin was delivered by Dr. Mandy Sorlie, with birth unit nurse Deb Thingstad and Marla Wegner, licensed practical nurse, in attendance. Wegner has been with JRMC for 42 years and said she recalled when Amy’s mother gave birth to her at the old hospital.

The last four babies born at JRMC have been girls, Thingstad said. The first was born on Dec. 30, and the second early in the day of Dec. 31, while the fourth girl was born about 90 minutes after Jeslin on Saturday, she said.

“We had back-to-back babies on Jan. 2,” Wegner said.

Thingstad said that the 2015 New Year’s baby was born on Jan. 1, and the 2014 baby was born on Jan. 2. She said JRMC recorded 347 births in 2015, which is 11 more than the 336 births at the hospital in 2014.

That amounts to nearly one baby per day, she said. There are no birthing units in Carrington or Valley City, she said, leaving Jamestown, Devils Lake, Fargo or Bismarck as other area options.

JRMC presented the Stangelands with a gift basket containing newborn items including diapers, wipes, a blanket, bathing items and a teething toy.

Lucas, 28, runs Stangeland Simmentals, a farm and cattle ranch his grandfather started and is still in the family. Amy, 24, is a homemaker and also works the farm.

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