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Hospitals welcome the first babies of 2021

It's a new year and along with that come the first babies of the year...


The new year has already brought so much to look forward to and, on January 6 at 1:59 a.m., more excitement arrived with the birth of the first baby of 2021 at CentraCare–Long Prairie. Weighing in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, it’s with great joy we welcome, Jayden Mata Negron. Jayden was born to parents, Jeannette Negron Rosario and Robert Mata. Jennifer Christensen, APRN, CNM and Sharon Schwantz, RN presented Jayden and his parents special New Year’s baby gifts donated by CentraCare–Long Prairie staff.


Sawyer Jay Kelderman was born on Monday, January 4 at 4:07 p.m. to Avery and Zack Kelderman of Wadena. He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces, and was 22 inches long at birth. His siblings are Tucker and Parker.

“It feels like it’s going to be a good year,” remarked Avery Kelderman after hearing she would be giving birth to the first baby of 2021. She had known for some time that she was in the running, making this birth all the more exciting.

Kelderman praised the staff at Tri-County Health Care for a smooth birthing process. She now has three children and each one was delivered at Tri-County Health Care. Baby Sawyer was delivered by Laura DuChene, M.D. Kelderman issued special gratitude to Sonia Mordh, RN, stating that she had been a prominent part of past deliveries and was thankful she was by her side for the birth of her son.

“Every baby I’ve had here has been a good experience,” said Kelderman

This year, the family was awarded an extra special gift basket comprised of items from local shops and stores. The gift basket is valued at $500.


The new year brought the celebration of birth for Katie Bounds and Brandon Lorentz of Wadena who welcomed their new baby girl, Charli Kaye, into the world on January 1, 2021. Charli was born at 4:42 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 20 ½ inches.

The delivering providers were Dr. Lindsay Leveille and Carrie Kneisl, CMN/CNP.

To celebrate Charli’s birth, the Lakewood Health System Auxiliary and Piecemakers Quilting Club of Staples presented gifts to the family in honor of the New Year. The Auxiliary gave a gift of $50 and the Piecemakers Quilting Club gave a beautiful handmade baby quilt, prepared just for the 2021 New Year’s baby. Both groups present gifts to the family of the New Year’s baby every year.

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