Metro’s first birth of ’15 arrives one minute into New Year

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- New Year's Day isn't only the beginning of 2015.

It's also the start of a new life, as one family from Miami County, Kansas celebrates the arrival of a new baby.

New Year's Eve will never be the same for the Kern family from Louisburg, Kansas. Kaylene and Bryan Kern knew their second-born child was due on New Year's Eve. What they didn't realize is baby Charlie would be Kansas City's first-born for the year 2015.

"(Anchors on television) were reporting on a lady who had a New Year's baby this morning, and I said, 'that's neat," Kaylene Kern said. "Wait a minute. We did that too'!"

The nuance of the Kern family's new arrival is still setting in. Kaylene says the family checked in at Overland Park Regional Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon. They expected to deliver during the evening hours, but Charlie had other plans.

"I was told by several people that we'd have a baby by 8 p.m., but 8 p.m. came quickly," Kern said. "As the night progressed, he did it on his own. It was his way or no way."

As the evening turned into early morning, the Kerns knew they were close to seeing a unique birth.

"At three minutes 'til midnight, I looked at the clock and I looked at my husband as we're in the final throes, and I said, "I don't think I can do this," Kern said. “He started laughing, and said, 'we just need a baby'."

The birthing unit at Overland Park Regional has been buzzing about the significant arrival. Cami Golden has worked in nursing for five years, and had never worked with a baby born so close to midnight on the holiday.

"When I came into work, and they said we had a New Year's baby, I didn't realize it was my patient," Golden said. "Then when I found out, it's just crazy that it was one minute after. I couldn't believe it."

"You read about it. You see news clips about it. You never think you're going to be that 12:01 a.m. baby to start a new year," Kern said.

What's more, Kaylene Kern told FOX 4 News she delivered baby Charlie without any form of epidural. She tells that makes this Baby New Year even more unforgettable for her.

Baby Charlie was first, but another local family wasn't far behind. A spokesperson from St. Luke's Hospital says doctors delivered a baby just after the 2 a.m. hour. That was at St. Luke's Lees Summit facility, and about two hours after Charlie's arrival.

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