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Hospital welcomes the first Aroostook County babies of 2020

Date: 01/02/2020

Benson was delivered by Janna Sirois, CNM, WHNP, from
Northern Light OB/GYN.
  Nurses from the hospital’s Women & Children’s Unit who were on hand to help with the care of mother and baby were Emily Gardner, Marissa Chasse, and Amy Jackson.  

Presque Isle, Maine (January 1, 2020) — The first two babies born this decade in Aroostook County (and the second and third babies in the State) were welcomed in the early hours of the new year at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital in Presque Isle. 


The County’s first baby of the new year was born just 11 minutes after the first-born baby in the State, who was born at Maine Medical Center. At this time, details about the baby and family are not available for the public. 


Meanwhile, less than one hour later, the second baby of the County was welcomed to the world. Benson Steven Rodney Farley was born at 1:33 a.m. to proud parents Sydney Kinney and Brandon Farley of Washburn.  He weighed in at 6 lbs. 14 oz. and was 20 ½ inches long.


Little Benson is a birthday present of sorts to both parents. Brandon’s birthday was Monday, December 30, so when they ended up at the hospital that day, he was hoping for perhaps a shared birthday, but that wasn’t the case.  Despite being in the hospital since Monday, Benson took his time coming into the world, waiting until the new year. He ends up right between his parent’s birthdays…two days after dad’s and two days before mom’s, which is this Friday.


“We’re just happy that he’s finally here and that he’s healthy,” says Brandon. As they cuddle with the newborn and check him over, they agree that he has Sydney’s eyes and Brandon’s nose.  Benson is Sydney’s first child and the second for Brandon. 


As for plans for the new year, mom and dad say they are just looking forward to going home, loving Benson, and watching him grow – the best and maybe the hardest part of being a parent, according to Brandon.


Benson was born at 1:33 a.m. on January 1, 2020 at Northern Light AR Gould Hospital. Proud parents are Sydney Kinney and Brandon Farley of Washburn. He was the second baby born this decade in Aroostook County and appears to have been the third in the State.