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New Year’s babies: A family tradition
Jan. 11, 2010

Mother and daughter both gave birth to New Year’s babies

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

DASSEL, HUTCHINSON, MN – The phrase “Like mother, like daughter” rings true for Elaine Herman and her daughter, Michele (Herman) Ailie, both of Dassel, who – though 31 years apart – gave birth to a New Year’s baby.

Michele and husband Doug welcomed a healthy baby girl Melaina Michele Ailie Friday, Jan. 1 at 12:22 p.m., 2010.

Melaina weighed 5 pounds, 11.7 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long, and was four weeks early.

“Everything is good,” Michele said, as the baby cooed in the background.

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Michele wasn’t due for another four weeks (Jan. 28) when she began experiencing complications while at work.

As a registered nurse for Hutchinson Area Healthcare, Michele was working at the hospital Dec. 30 when she was admitted.

Michele had a condition called placenta previa, where the placenta had been torn.

On New Year’s Day, an emergency cesarean section was performed after the baby’s heart rate dropped.

“It was scary,” Doug said.

Having the first baby of the new year was certainly something they weren’t expecting, Doug said. “We were a month early,” he added.

“It’s fun and exciting, but kind of traumatic how it all came about,” Michele said.

The Ailies have two sons, Mason, 6 and Markus, 4. They are excited to have a new baby sister to help take care of.

Coincidentally, Michele’s parents, Mark and Elaine Herman can relate to this. They, too, had the first New Year’s baby in 1979, at Meeker Memorial Hospital in Litchfield, where Elaine was working at the time.

“It runs in the family,” Michele said.

It was also the Hermans’ third child and their first boy.

Michael Frank Herman was born at 9:48 p.m. on Jan. 1, 1979. They now have four children, Melissa, Michele, Mike, and Maria.

Doug’s grandmother Edith Ailie, 88, of Dassel, has had three generations of New Year’s babies including her daughter, grandson, and now great-granddaughter, Melaina.

The Ailies have received several gifts from area merchants in honor of the event, as well as a $50 savings bond, which is similar to what the Hermans received.


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