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SMH Welcomes First Baby of 2011

Carolyn Owen Stubbs was a week over due when she was induced into labor on January 2nd, 2011.  By the time baby Reese Michael Owen was born on January 3rd it was a full 24 hours later.  He still made a name for himself, as the first baby born at Stephens Memorial Hospital in 2011. 

Mom Carolyn and Dad, Chris Owen of Norway, welcomed Reese with the help of Dr. Gregory Hardy and birthplace nurse Kelly Hatch, RN.  Reese, whom his mother is calling "her little rabbit," joined the world at 6 lbs, 4 oz and 19.25 inches and is truly a bundle of joy.  In fact, the inspiration for his name came from one of the joys of mom's pregnancy, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  Reese joins older brother James, age 2.


As part of the celebration, Stephens Memorial Hospital presented baby Reese and family with a basket of welcome gifts donated by area businesses including: the Advertiser Democrat, Ari's Pizza, Books N Things, Café Nomad, Curves, Secret Garden Florist, Key Bank, Littlefield




Greenhouses, LT's Inc., Element Day Spa, Maurice Restaurant, Mallard Mart, Cut Loose, Norway Savings Bank, Oxford Hannaford, PACE Paramedic Services, Perfect Stitch, Stephens Volunteer Services, Subway, Sun Journal and New Balance, Stephanie Abbott, and Sabrina Martin.


As the first of Maine's babies born in 2011, Reese, along with all other Maine resident babies born in 2011, will be eligible through the Harold Alfond College Challenge to receive a $500 grant to start a NextGen College Investing Plan® account.  Beloved philanthropist Harold Alfond established the program before he died to ensure access to higher education for all Maine's children.  There is no income limit or need to contribute additional money to receive the grant.


Happy New Year and Best Wishes Reese!


Part of Stephens Memorial Hospital, The Family Birthplace offers an integrated, family- approach to childbirth in a private, secure and comfortable setting. The caring staff works closely with expectant parents to create a memorable birthing experience, encouraging siblings and other family members to be involved in the process.  For more information please visit our website at or call 207-743-1562 x380.






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