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Devola couple, Marietta hospital usher in 2021 with baby girl

Emma Louise McMillin, born of Katie and Shaun McMillin, was born at 2:12 a.m. Friday, making her the first baby born in 2021 at Marietta Memorial Hospital. (Photo Provided)

MARIETTA — After 28 hours of labor, 30-year-old Devola resident Katie McMillin delivered the Mid-Ohio Valley’s first baby of the new year at 2:12 a.m. Friday.

McMillin’s husband, Shaun, 30, said their baby girl, Emma Louise, was due Dec. 21, but after that day came and went, it was decided to induce labor. Labor was induced on Wednesday.

“It was a surprise,” Shaun said of having the first baby of the new year. “We were thinking it might come close during the day (Thursday). I made a joke and said we’d be counting with the countdown on New Year’s Eve.”

He said Emma Louise is “our first baby and we didn’t know what we were having, so it was a surprise.”

Weighing in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce and 19.25 inches long, Shaun said “the baby’s super healthy and everybody’s doing great.”

The couple moved aren’t originally from Marietta and moved to the area earlier this year.

“I’m actually the emergency medicine resident physician at Marietta Memorial,” Shaun said. “My wife is an emergency response nurse.”

He said in March, they found out he was matched with the hospital in Marietta. He went to medical school in the Chicago area, as both Shaun and Katie are from Illinois.

“Within a couple of weeks, we found out we were pregnant,” he said.

As part of his rotation, he’s spent the past two or three weeks in the obstetrics unit, so he’s gotten to know the nurses taking care of his wife.

“I delivered the baby…I got to help deliver the baby,” he added.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

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