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New Year's baby arrives at St. John's

| January 12, 2009 11:00 PM

The Western News

St. John’s Lutheran Hospital in Libby welcomed the first baby of 2009 on Jan. 7 with the arrival of Natalya Grace Chvilicek.

Dr. Emily Colson delivered her at 8:14 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces, and measured 20 inches in length.

Natalya was born to parents Bo and Lindsay Chvilicek, and was welcomed by her big sister, 5-year-old Kaliah.

Bo and Lindsay, both Army reserves, relocated to Libby to be near family.

“I recently completed two tours in Iraq,” said Bo, “and we moved back to Libby to be close to our families while Lindsay is applying to law schools.”

The new parents have continued a tradition. Bo was also born at St. John’s hospital.

Lindsay pointed out the convenience of having birthing services available locally.

“We are so glad that we were able to get the services that we needed right here in Libby,” said Lindsay, “and didn’t have to travel to bring our new family member into the world.” 

Last year, St. John’s Lutheran Hospital delivered 100 babies.

“We look forward to each (birth), but there is something very special about the first baby of each year, and the way the whole community awaits the arrival,” said Cathy Wolfe, interim vice president of Nursing Services at St. John’s.

The New Year’s baby was showered with gifts from hospital employees, auxiliary members, local businesses and area residents.