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Barrett Hunt can be forgiven for being unimpressed with recognition as the 100th baby born at Maternity Care Center of Kearney Regional Medical Center.

When Barrett made his debut at 8:03 p.m. Wednesday, his mother, Megan, was neck in neck with another laboring mother to have the 100th baby. According to nurse Patty Perry it was a close call.

“It was actually funny because Megan wanted to be the 100th, and the other mom was hoping to be 101 because that number is part of their business. It was a close call to see if both moms made their goal,” she said.

Hunt was thrilled, despite 16 hours of labor, that her son received the honor.
His father, Branden had a grin from ear to ear as he held his son in front of the information board with the number written out.
“We couldn’t be more proud. We’re excited to take him home,” he said.
When the couple toured the facility before the birth, Branden liked how the rooms were designed with fathers in mind.

“I could help out when she needed to shower or rest and still spend time with Barrett,” he said.

The 7-pound 3-ounce baby boy is the first child for the Sumner couple. The proud mom said she was very impressed with the state-of-the-art maternity wing and couldn’t have asked for anything else.

Registered Nurse Julie Hesseltine, a nurse for 30 years said the center has been busy birthing babies since opening day on Jan. 16. There have been several times when the center has been at full capacity.

“The center was built with plans to expand in the future, but my joke yesterday was, ‘When are we building the expansion?’ even though we opened in January.”

As of Saturday, the facility was up to 106 newborns and counting.

By Heather Riggleman
Kearney Hub Staff Writer