Happy Birthday, Carly! Portola woman births TFH’s first 2003 baby
Dionne Burns rang in the New Year giving birth in the Tahoe Forest Hospital maternity ward. After a whole day of contractions and an hour or so of intense labor, Burns had the hospital’s first baby of 2003 on Jan. 1 at 6:41 p.m.
“It was just as painful as any other day,” she said from her bed in the maternity ward, her newborn, Carly Noelle, lying on her chest.
“I don’t know what I was trying to prove by not using an epidural. I’ll have to remember that the next time around.”
Carly, whose due date was Jan. 17, weighed in at 7 pounds, 3 ounces and was 19 inches long.
“I had a feeling she would be early. My other two girls were early, and I could tell it was getting to be time.” Burns said. She and her husband, Bryan, have two other daughters, Shanna, 5, and Jillian, 3.
Burns, who lives in Portola, drove down to Truckee with her husband after she had the first pangs of contractions in the morning. They were slightly worried that they might get stuck in a storm on their way to the hospital, but the roads were pretty clear, she said.
While at the hospital, her husband was allowed to stand by and do whatever he could to ease the labor. Also, she added, the nurses had a large role in making Burns’ childbearing a little better.
“The doctor did something with his hand that I must not have liked, so I almost kicked him,” she said. “The nurses had to hold my legs down.”
Also in attendance were her three sisters, one of whom bought a plane ticket that day to fly to Truckee from the Bay Area.
Burns will receive some prizes from the hospital for giving birth to the first baby of 2003, she said, like gift certificates and free formula.
However, one day after the birth of Carly, the pain of labor is too fresh in her mind, and elsewhere in her body, to think about the next baby Burns.
“My husband and I always wanted four children, but I’m definitely taking a break for a while, and next time I’m opting for the epidural,” she said.