Newton Medical Center welcomed a baby girl, named Melanie, as the first baby born in 2019  at the hospital on Jan. 2.

Baby Melanie came early, born about ifve days before her due date of Jan. 7. She was born at  :35 a.m. on Jan. 2. She weighed in at seven pounds, twelve ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

The hospital presented Melanie’s family with a gift basket filled with baby clothes, toys and newborn essentials. Newborn photos were taken by Maddie’s Images, who provided the family with a disc of all the images.

Newton Medical Center is a 103-bed hospital in Newton providing comprehensive medical care to those in Harvey and surrounding counties. Services and specialties include emergency medicine, surgical services, occupational medicine, home health and more. The hospital also includes 10 primary care and specialty clinics.