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Friday, January 9, 2004


First 2004 Boston area birth is from Carlisle
Amy Versaggi holds her baby daughter Grace Edie who was born at 12:04 a.m. on New Year's Day. Proud dad Joseph Versaggi and sister Abby are pleased to welcome them home. (Photo by Ellen Huber)

Amy Versaggi of Buttrick Lane gave birth to a daughter, Grace Edie Versaggi, at 12:04 on New Year's Day at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Grace was the first child to be born in the Boston area in 2004 and if you had turned on the TV news January 1, you would have heard all about it on Channels 4, 5, 7, 25, 38, and 56. Photographers from the Globe, the Herald and the Associated Press were also on hand to take mother's and daughter's picture.

In June, Amy and Joseph Versaggi, with their three-year-old daughter Abby, moved from Charlestown to their new home on Buttrick Lane. Pregnant at the time, Amy wished to keep the same Boston doctor who had delivered Abby; thus a second birth was planned to occur at the Brigham and Women's Hospital.

In a conversation with the Mosquito just moments after returning home from the hospital on Saturday, January 3, Mrs. Versaggi explained the details of the New Year's Day birth.

It was 2 a.m. on December 31 when her "water broke" and labor began. At 7 a.m. Joseph drove his wife from Carlisle into the Brigham and Women's Hospital, but shortly after their arrival labor ceased. On suggestions from hospital staff, the Versaggis were encouraged to go downtown to Boston and walk around a bit. "We walked around Newbury Street with our Brigham and Women's wrist I.D. tags on, had lunch in a Newbury Street restaurant and returned to the hospital around 2 p.m.," laughed Amy.

"After more observations and starting me on a drug at 4 p.m. to get the labor going again, it was around 11 p.m. that I went into active labor. When I asked the nurse at 11:30 how much longer it would take to give birth, she thought it would be between 12:30 and 1 a.m. I pushed for an hour and four minutes and in the end I gave it my all." Grace was born at 12:04, the first baby to be born in the Boston area in 2004.

Asked when it was that she first realized that she might be having one of the first babies of the year, Amy replied, "As a lark I started thinking about it that day. It was kind of fun and as it turned out it was a nice story."

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