Hawaii’s first baby of the New Year, Faith Erin Fielden, was born at Tripler Army Medical Center today at 12:02 a.m. to an Army doctor who is training to deliver babies.
Capt. Aaron Fielden of Knoxville, Tenn. knows some of the staff who assisted his wife, 31-year-old nurse, Erin Fielden, through three days of labor.
But Capt. Fielden was focused on helping his wife rather than using her labor and delivery to further his obstetrics and gynecology internship training.
"I kept telling them, ‘I have my daddy hat on,’" Capt. Fielden said today at Tripler. "But it was one of the longest labors I’ve ever seen."
Erin Fielden, of Galion, Ohio, was supposed to deliver the couple’s first child on Jan. 18 but doctors induced her labor on Dec. 28.
Asked about whether she was trying to deliver Hawaii’s first baby of the New Year, Erin said, "We hadn’t planned on it at all."
Faith weighed in at 7 pounds, 2 ounces and was 20-and-a-half inches long. She slept most of today, Erin said.
The family will move to Texas in June, when Capt. Fielden will continue his obgyn training in San Antonio.
The second baby of the year, a boy, appears to have been born at Kapiolani Medical Center For Women and Children at 12:38 a.m., hospital officials said.
Kona Community Hospital had a baby born at 1:45 a.m., said Tripler spokeswoman Jan Clark said.
Tripler had two other babies born today at 4:52 a.m. and at 9:52 a.m.