Danielle Rosenberger and Philip Laliberty knew they wanted to have a baby on New Year's. Just hours after the New Year began, they got their wish. Their bundle of joy, Caleb Cyril Maurice Laliberty, was born just three hours into the new year and decade.
“My boyfriend’s late cousin, who was like a sister to him, was a New Years’ Eve Baby,” Rosenberger said while recovering.
“We figured she was watching over us and made it happen. If we had a girl, we were going to name her middle name after her – Shaunna.”
Rosenberger has been in The Pas since Dec. 18 and was counting down the minutes.
“His due date was on Jan. 4 and my water broke on New Years’ Eve,” she said.
“We weren't certain he would be the new years baby because anyone could have come in and had their baby before me.”
Rosenberger is 34. Caleb is her first child.
“I've always been a big baby, scared to give birth. Perhaps that's why I waited so long,” she said.
“It really does hurt as bad as everyone says and as it was time to push, I said ‘I can't do it.’ With the kind staff and my boyfriend by my side helping, I got it done with no complications. I was in tears as I held Caleb and all the pain went away.”
As the first baby in the New Year, Caleb and his family received gifts from the hospital and local health care auxiliary.
“The doctor usually doesn't stick around long, as she delivers many babies but she stuck around to see our baby,” Rosenberger said.
“The staff was really good. They congratulated me and said I had a cute baby.”
Both Rosenberger and Caleb were still recovering in The Pas Jan. 3, but hoped to be back in Flin Flon soon.
“Sadly, we are stuck here in The Pas another day,” Rosenberger said.
“A minor bump – our baby has a touch of jaundice but should be good to come home tomorrow sometime. The grandparents are all waiting patiently.”
After some Flin Flon obstetrics services, including birth care, were suspended in Nov. 2018, expectant mothers have had to leave the community to give birth.
“Lucky for me, I am Treaty and the costs were covered,” Rosenberger said.
“I've been in The Pas since Dec. 18. I spent the holidays here. It was hard on our kids. For the ones who don't have treaty and have to ambulance it to The Pas: I feel for them. Flin Flon should have a delivery doctor for sure.”
The obstetrics suspension was supposed to be re-evaluated with the release of a provincial health plan. The Provincial Clinical and Preventative Services Plan (PCPSP) was published in November, but no definite answer has been provided to residents about the fate of birth care or other medical services in Flin Flon.