First Baby of 2015 arrives healthy around 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day


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Jan. 1, 2015 615.435.5357

Baby came 16 days before her due date

FRANKLIN, Tenn. — The labor and delivery team at Williamson Medical Center was

excited to welcome little Eva Schmitt as the first baby of 2015. Born at 9:27 a.m., Eva came into

the world weighing just 5 pounds, 6 ounces.

Parents Jarrett and Ryan Schmitt from Franklin had watched some football at a friend’s

house on New Year’s Eve, came home and her water broke around midnight. They packed up

and headed to the hospital and were admitted shortly after.

“This is our first baby and since she wasn’t due until Jan. 17, we never thought that we

would deliver early,” Jarrett said. “I have a friend who is pregnant with twins and I thought there

was no way I’d go before her, but I did.”

She said having the first baby of 2015 didn’t really hit her until she saw the big wagon

filled with goodies in the lobby just waiting for the first arrival.

“I asked the nurse what that was and she told me it was the prize for the first baby, so I

asked if that could be me and she said, ‘maybe!’ There was someone else in labor at the same

time, but I guess she delivered after me.”

The delivering physician was Cynthia Woodall, M.D., with the Vanderbilt Franklin

Women’s Center.

“Oddly enough, I was on call last year and delivered the first baby last year, too,”

Woodall said. “I worked New Year’s Eve last year and had New Year’s Day this year, so I came

on at 8 a.m. and the baby wasn’t delivered until after I got here. Jarrett is actually my patient, so

getting to deliver her baby was kind of a treat for me. She did fabulous and the baby did great as

well. It’s such a blessing for me to be able to deliver a healthy baby at the beginning of a new


Janet Meadows, R.N., director of perinatal nursing and the NICU, said December was

one of the busier months on record for WMC’s busy labor and delivery floor.

“We delivered approximately 150 babies in December,” she said. “We have had several

months of delivering upwards of 150 babies in a month, so it’s been a busy year for us, but we

are looking forward to an even busier year in 2015 as we continue to welcome the newest

members of our community.”


Williamson Medical Center, a 185-bed hospital fully accredited by The Joint

Commission, provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient care including emergency

services, with credentialed physicians in 53 specialties and sub-specialties. The communityfocused

hospital offers a wide range of wellness services, screenings and classes and in the

summer of 2015 will open the doors to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt at

Williamson Medical Center. For more information visit

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