SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain announces the birth of the first baby of 2017.

Clark Andelin, MD, delivered the baby girl at 1:15 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 2. OB staff assisting with the labor and delivery were Erica Goodwin, RN, and Jessica Hooks, RN.

Lela Malyn weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces and was born to Sonya Johnston and Matt Johnson of Perry . They also have a son, Lukas.

The hospital presented the family with a congratulatory basket with items from local businesses including:Melody’s Quality Jewelry, gift card;Sachey Lashes, makeup goodie bag;David Pickering Photography; Garden Gate, dozen red roses;St. Mary’s Hospital - Audrain Auxiliary, blanket, hat, picture frame, swaddlers, teddy bear, toy;St. Mary’s Hospital - Audrain OB Department, case of diapers, sleep sack;Merle Norman, spa gift card;Vega’s Burritos, gift card;Martha Rose: baby blanket and bear rattle;Jim Stubblefield, gift card.

“It’s always exciting to welcome the first baby of the new year,” said Ashley Curtis, interim director of Women’s and Children’s Services for the hospital. “We strive to provide an exceptional birthing experience for our mothers and their families.”