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Published on January 10, 2022

New Year, New BabiesNew Year, New Babies

Cape Cod Hospital nurses give birth to New Year’s Day babies born 21 minutes apart

Two nurses who work at Cape Cod Hospital gave birth to the first Cape Cod babies on New Year’s Day at Cape Cod Hospital. Hannah Louise Sullivan, 7 pounds and 13 ounces, arrived at 7:30 a.m. and Westley Arthur Gill, 8 pounds and 4 ounces, followed shortly after at 7:51 a.m. When we visited with them at the hospital in the early afternoon on January 1, they expressed emotions of joy and excitement and were looking forward to bringing their new additions home to meet their siblings. Congratulations to parents Emily and Robert Sullivan and Kathyrn and Joe Gill. We wish them all the best!

Emily and Robert Sullivan of Barnstable

Emily and Robert Sullivan of BarnstableEmily Sullivan, who works as an RN on the orthopedic floor at Mugar 6, says she was four days past her due date of December 28. So when Emily arrived at Cape Cod Hospital at 5:30 a.m. on January 1, 2022, baby Hannah was more than ready to enter the world. Emily’s labor lasted only 15 minutes and Hannah Louise was born at 7:30 a.m. “It was pretty quick,” says Emily.

The couple also have a 15-month-old daughter named Hayley and they were looking forward to introducing Hannah to her sister. “Hayley has been carrying around a baby doll,” says Emily, adding that Hannah looks a lot like sister Hayley when she was a newborn, with lush dark-colored locks and chubby cheeks.

So how does it feel to have the first Cape baby of 2022?“It’s pretty cool,” says Robert. “It will be fun to tell the news to Hannah one day.”

Kathryn and Joe Gill of Plymouth

Kathryn and Joe Gill of PlymouthKathyrn Gill works as a nurse practitioner at Cape Cod Hospital and Fontaine Medical Center in Harwich. Her husband, Joe, is an EMT as well as an EMT instructor. They met in the emergency room at Cape Cod Hospital. Their New Year’s Day son, Westley Arthur, is their second pandemic baby. Their first, Alexander, was born 20 months ago at Cape Cod Hospital in March of 2020. 

Kathryn said she had experienced contractions for two months and labor was 12 hours long. “We thought this might be a false alarm,” says Kathryn. “We were playing the guessing game whether or not the contractions were real.” Turns out, they were definitely real. Westley was born at 7:51 a.m.

The couple says they picked the named Westley because they are fans of “The Princess Bride,” and the middle name, Arthur, comes from Kathryn’s grandfather. Joe says he is excited to watch brothers Alexander and Westley grow up together and jokes that he is looking forward to sleep in about 18 years.

Kathryn says three generations of her family were born at Cape Cod Hospital, including herself, her parents and her mother’s parents. “It was the big reason we stayed with this hospital. It’s a family tradition.”

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