She may hold the honour of being the last baby born at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) in 2015, but for her family, little Claire Beresford represents a number of important ‘firsts’.
Born at 11:37 p.m. on December 31, 2015 at TSH’s Birchmount campus, Claire is the first girl for parents Chantal and Andrew, who already have two boys; ages seven and five.
She’s also the first of the Beresford’s children to be born in Canada. The couple, who met in college in Michigan, just recently returned to Canada after spending 12 years living in Michigan and two years in California. Chantal grew up in Ajax and Andrew in the Birchmount Road and Finch Avenue East area of Scarborough, near the Birchmount campus.
So, when Chantal and Andrew decided to settle in Scarborough, having their baby at TSH was a natural choice.
“This hospital has been a part of my family,” explains Andrew. “My sister was born here and I came here for help with my asthma.”
Baby Claire was due to be born on New Year’s Eve and Chantal was prepared to have a vaginal birth, after delivering both of her sons by Caesarean section. However, despite complications, which led to an emergency C-section, Claire arrived safe and sound, weighing in at a healthy 8 pounds, 2 ounces.
Chantal is also doing well and admits she received “good care” at TSH. “I felt the staff really listened,” she says.
When asked if she wishes Claire had been born 23 minutes later as a New Year’s baby, Chantal says she’s happy with her little girl’s birthday. “My sister also had a baby this year and now both cousins will be able to start kindergarten in the same year,” explains Chantal.
Still, Claire’s arrival was definitely the best way to ring in 2016 for this new family of five, and her birthday is sure to make future New Year’s celebrations even more special!