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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Special Delivery: New Year baby born at Franciscan St. Francis Health

INDIANAPOLIS – The clock read 12:02 a.m. and Julius Wade became the first baby born in 2014 at Franciscan St. Francis Health-Indianapolis.

Julius weighed in at 7 lbs., 6 ounces and was 20 inches long.  He is the son of Tecey Smith and John Popplewell of Indianapolis.

In 2013, there were 2,404 babies born at the Indianapolis hospital. More than 44,000 infants have been delivered there since 1995, when the Women and Children’s Services program was consolidated at the 8111 S. Emerson Ave. medical campus.

Families of the first New Year Day baby born at Franciscan St. Francis Health receive gift baskets from the hospital and Babies “R” Us of items for the infant.

Each time a child is born at the hospital, Jesus Loves Me chimes throughout the hospital via the public address system.