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NEW YEAR’S BABY — Proud parents Laura and Austin Birchem of Martin paused Monday to admire their new daughter, Tilley Mae, who arrived on New Year’s Day at 1:16 p.m. to become the first baby born in 2022 at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City. She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and was 20 inches long. The baby was delivered Saturday afternoon by Dr. Robert Armada of BMG-The Woman’s Clinic in Union City. The Birchems weren’t anticipating a New Year’s baby since Mrs. Birchem’s due date was Jan. 17. The hospital staff presented the couple with a bag of gifts to mark the happy occasion.

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