UAMS Welcomes Central Arkansas’ First Baby of 2006
JAN. 3, 2006 | Monica Carter is no stranger to the labor and delivery ward at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). She previously spent a year working in the department as a housekeeper.
But when she arrived at the medical center on the night of Dec. 31, it was for a totally different reason: to give birth to her son, Isaiah.
Not only was the birth big news for the Carter family, it was a media event for all of central Arkansas. Little Isaiah made his debut at 4:09 a.m. on Jan. 1, making him the first baby born in Pulaski County in 2006. The birth was attended by Carter’s physician, Heather Owens, M.D., an assistant professor in the UAMS College of Medicine.
Isaiah was welcomed to the world by his mom and 6-year-old brother Cruz. His dad, Kevin, a truck driver, was in El Paso, Tex., picking up a load when he received the news of his family’s latest addition. “He was excited. He couldn’t believe it,” Carter said, adding that her husband’s birthday is just one day earlier on Dec. 31. The new dad kept in touch by phone until arriving back in Little Rock later that night.
One of only two babies born at UAMS by mid-afternoon on Jan. 1, Isaiah weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18 inches. Mom and baby returned to their home in North Little Rock the following day.