SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Audrain announces the birth of the first baby of 2018.

Michael Jones, MD, delivered the baby boy at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2. OB staff assisting with the labor and delivery were Lessley Armstrong, RN, and Alex Shuckenbrock, RN.

Baby Ember Clary weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and born to Virginia and Donald Clary of Mexico.The couple has another son, Tynan.

The hospital presented the family with a congratulatory basket that included several onesies, a case of diapers, a thermometer, a teddy bear and baby towels.

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