First New Years baby born

    Bartlett Hospital had the first birth of 2019

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Saige Roisin Kunau weighed nine pounds and 10 ounces and was born to parents Samantha Munoz and Cody Kunau Wednesday morning.

    The couple moved from Oregon to Yakutat.  They ventured down to Juneau December 10th so they would have plenty of time to be sure she gave birth close to the hospital.  Her due date was December 28th.

    Kunau said the delivery came quickly.  His wife had severe back pain the night before, got to the hospital around 3:30 pm and gave birth less than one hour later.

    He said hospital staff told him it was one of the quickest births they've seen.  He said he chose the name Saige from a fly fishing company he liked. He is a fishing guide in Yakutat.   The middle name Roisin is a Gaelic word that means little rose.

    "I was relieved that it happened so fast.  We have been here three weeks waiting for her.  It was real exciting for the both of us as it was our first baby," he noted.

    Mom said she was fortunate to have a real quick birth.  "It was pretty amazing.  It blew my mind that everything passed so quick.  Soon as she was born the pain in my back was instantly gone."

    She said her mother told her the night before that once she started to have the severe back pain that the baby was ready to be born.


    audio by the happy mother, Samantha Munoz





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