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St Joes Welcomes New Year’s baby

Skye and Cody Lynch with baby Scarlett

Weighing a healthy 6 pounds and 8 ounces, Scarlett Lynch was the first baby of 2023 to be born at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton at 3:09 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2023. Proud parents and Hamilton residents Skye and Cody Lynch were thrilled to ring in the new year with the recent addition to their family – a beautiful baby girl, and sister to big brother Noah, age 2.

“We just wanted a healthy baby, and are happy this little girl completes our family,” said Skye and Cody.

To mark the special occasion, the family were given a special gift basket and gift card from Toys “R” Us on Upper Wentworth, the Hospital’s Gift Shop, and St. Joe’s Foundation.

“Welcoming the New Year’s Baby is a time-honoured tradition at St. Joe’s! Every year, over 3,600 babies are born here,” says Catherine Duffin, Clinical Director of the Women’s & Infants’ Unit. “We’re one of only five Hospitals in the province deemed Baby Friendly by the World Health Organization. The care delivered by our obstetricians, nurses, and midwives in St. Joe’s Birthing Unit is truly exceptional, but you’ll see that the unit itself is in need of a little TLC.” 

Renovating this unit isn’t something that’s covered by the funding St. Joe’s receives from the provincial government. That’s why St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation is inviting the community to donate to this vital project to ensure St. Joe’s can continue to offer new families and babies the best start possible in a Birthing Unit built just for them. Donations will help to refresh and renew 11 labour and delivery rooms at the Hospital, equipping them with:

  • New flooring, wall décor and dimmable lighting that will create a modern and serene environment and support the highest level of infection prevention and control practices.
  • The installation of mini fridges and sleep-chair recliners.
  • An inclusive unit that is reflective of and responsive to the varying needs and preferences of all new parents and families.

The community is welcome to make a donation to renew and refresh St. Joe’s Birthing Unit by visiting: Birthing Unit Renewal – St. Joseph’s Healthcare Foundation (

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