Natalie Tooley’s mother said Wednesday that her daughter will have a story to tell through the years.
On Tuesday, Natalie became the first baby born in the new St. Francis Women’s Hospital and first scheduled birth at St. Francis since 1981.
Natalie arrived in Columbus at 3:50 p.m., delivered by Dr. Ben Cheek.
She was 20 ½ inches long and weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces.
Her mother is Christy Tooley, 33, an Aflac agent. Her father Nathan Tooley, 32, a former soldier, is a Columbus police officer.
Natalie has a 10-year-old sister, Shalyn, a fifth grader at Britt David Magnet Academy, who is ready to be a baby sitter.
Of Natalie’s birth, Shalyn said it was the “best day of my life.”
“She is a sleepy head but she is so sweet,” Shalyn said.
Natalie’s middle name is Dean, the same as her father.
The mother arrived at the hospital Wednesday at 7 a.m. and labor was induced around 10 a.m.
There were no complications during delivery or afterward.
“I could not have had a better experience,” the mother said.
She said hospital personnel have been very accommodating and she has gotten whatever she needs.
The baby stayed in the large room with her overnight. The new dad slept on a small bed there.
“That was nice,” he said.
He called the entire experience “amazing.”
The mother, a Jordan High graduate, said she had never seen a maternity ward as nice as the one at St. Francis..
Shalynn was born in Florida.
“I was hoping to have one of the first babies here,” Christy said.
Being the first, she said, is even better.
Ashley Ingram, the administrative director of women’s services at St. Francis, called the first birth, “exciting and overwhelming.”
“I am so glad everything went well,” Ingram said.
She said she is expecting women from as far as 100 miles away to use the “state-of-the-art” facilities at St. Francis.
“We’re going to be giving the best possible care.” she said.