First baby of 2020 checks in at St. John’s Health

JACKSON, Wyo. – The first baby of the year was born at St. John’s Health at 4:27 a.m. on January 1, 2020. Baby Parke Mary Fariss was born to parents Grace Peck and Jason Fariss of Jackson.

Parke weighed in at 8 pounds, 4 ounces. She joins a brother, Henry, who is 2 1/2 years old. The newborn was delivered by obstetrician Dr. Shannon Roberts, along with pediatrician Dr. Karin Klee. Grace and Parke were cared for by nurses Yan Olais, RN, and Ashley Didion, RN.

St. John’s Health Auxiliary recognized the birth by coordinating a warm welcome on behalf of 37 community businesses and individuals that included proud mom herself. Grace owns Roam, by the way, and contributed to her own birthing swag though she said she never thought she would be the first to give birth in 2020.

The Auxiliary presented the family with gift baskets of toys, baby care items, and numerous gift certificates to be enjoyed by the proud parents at local shops and restaurants.

“First Baby” coordinator for the Auxiliary and lactation consultant Janet Wood, RN, along with Auxiliary members Linda Melcer and Becky Rice, extended the Auxiliary’s appreciation to the business community for its support of the First Baby program.

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