GAINESVILLE, Texas – Hallie Grey Martin was the first newborn of 2024 in Cooke County. Hallie was born at North Texas Medical Center on Monday, Jan. 1, 2023 at 1:08 pm. Hallie weighed 7 lbs., 5.5 oz., and was 19 1/2 inches in length.
Proud parents are Mackenzie Sicking and Caleb Martin of Muenster.
The couple says they weren’t expecting Hallie to be the first baby born in Cooke County this year, because she wasn’t due until the middle of the month.
“She decided she was going to surprise us,” the new mom said. “We came in the day before New Year’s Eve. When I was induced, we thought that maybe she would be the 400th baby of the year, but she decided she wanted to wait and come in with a boom and be the first baby of the new year in Cooke County.”
North Texas Medical Center showered the family with gifts from the NTMC Gift Shop and newborn necessities to take home in honor of the hospital’s first newborn of the year.
Delivering physician was Dr. DeCarlo Noble, who specializes in obstetrics and gynecology at NTMC Health along with colleagues, Dr. Zaira Jorai-Khan, OB/GYN; Dr. Elizabeth Newman, Family Medicine/Obstetrics; and Certified Nurse Midwife Kathy Ellis.
Dr. Noble also delivered the 400th baby born at NTMC in 2023, which arrived at 8:18 pm on Dec. 31. It marks the most babies delivered at the hospital since 2012.
“It was really a great experience,” Sicking said. “All the nurses were great. Dr. Noble was awesome. They all took great care of us too. I would recommend the hospital to anybody. It was so laid back and I feel like we got taken care of very well.”
North Texas Medical Center has recently been designated as a “Birthing Friendly” hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
According to CMS, this designation identifies hospitals that provide perinatal care, are participating in a maternity care quality improvement collaborative, and have implemented recommended patient safety practices.
The women’s health team is currently accepting new patients at the NTMC Health Clinic. For an appointment, call 940-612-8750. The clinic accepts most insurances.