Going through labor was not necessarily on the plans for New Year's celebrations Wednesday night for some new mom's, but it was definitely a nice way to start the New Year with a new baby.
Bridget Nickson of Port St. Joe was not due until mid-January and planned on having a nice relaxing new years at home. Now, she has a little addition to her family, since she's already a mother to a seven-year-old.
"I started contracting at about 5 p.m. or 6 p.m. and at about 10 p.m., I called the ambulance. They brought me here, I was seven centimeters, so it was like, I'm going to have a baby, is it going to be a New Year's baby, the first one born here and it was."
Nickson's doctor, Dr. Deborah Edgeworth was happy to be a part of the New Year celebration.
"It's always fun to deliver any baby, every baby's special and the hoopla and stuff about being the first baby of the year is extra fun, we didn't think we had much chance of getting the new year's baby because we didn't have anyone in labor and then she shows up at 10:30 and all of a sudden we've got somebody who's a competitor."
Nickson still finds it hard to believe she has a new year's baby, " I was the first person in the county to have a baby."
Actually, the next baby was born at Gulf Coast Hospital just six minutes after Amari.
Angela Brown of Panama City delivered her first child, baby boy Alfredo Levon Jr., weighs a little over seven pounds and is named after his father.