Pictured are Mother Keaira Clontz and father Khali Borders and their daughter, Khyn’lee, who was born January 1, 2024.

Special to Iredell Free News

In a heartwarming start to 2024, The Birth Place team welcomed Iredell Memorial Hospital’s first baby of the new year on January 1.

Mother Keaira Clontz and father Khali Borders welcomed their daughter, Khyn’lee, into the world at 3:54 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Both Keaira and her beautiful baby girl are healthy and doing well.

Khyn’lee was born 19 inches long and weighed six pounds, eight ounces.

Keira has six children, four of which she delivered at Iredell Memorial Hospital.

“The doctors and nurses here are great, especially the ones in the operating room. Everybody at Iredell has been very helpful and nice and has really made me feel so comfortable,” she said.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Khyn’lee as the first baby of the New Year. It’s a special moment for the family, and we are honored to be a part of this joyous occasion,” said Pam Speight, The Birth Place program nurse.

The Birth Place staff welcomed the first baby of the year with a celebratory cake and flowers. The mother also received a keepsake tote filled with gifts donated by Iredell Health System and The Birth Place.

Gift basket items included:
• A cake donated by Ingles of Sullivan Road in Statesville;
• Floral arrangement donated by Brookdale Florist;
• Stuffed musical toy elephant;
• Blanket;
• Baby toys;
• Warmie slippers for mom;
• Water bottle;
• Three baby outfits;
• Two pairs of baby shoes;
• Three baby hats;
• Two pairs of hand mittens;
• Diapers and wipes; and
• A $50 VISA gift card

The new mother was grateful and appreciative for the care she received and for her special gift basket.

The Birth Place at Iredell Memorial is a state-of-the-art maternity facility offering one-on-one nursing and private suites. Every mother receives perks through the Pampered Pregnancy program, including discounts at local businesses and a personal pregnancy coach. In addition, The Birth Places seeks to create a comforting atmosphere for patients with its home décor, comfortable furniture for visitors, and a large, private bath.

About Iredell Health System

Iredell Health System includes Iredell Memorial Hospital; Iredell Mooresville; Iredell Home Health; Iredell Wound Care & Hyperbaric Center; Community and Corporate Wellness; Occupational Medicine; the Iredell Physician Network and more. Iredell Memorial Hospital is the largest and only nonprofit hospital in Iredell County. The comprehensive healthcare facility has 247 beds; more than 1,800 employees; and has 260 physicians representing various specialties. Centers of excellence include Women’s and Children’s; Cardiovascular; Cancer; Surgical Services and Wellness & Prevention. The Health System’s newest campus, Iredell Mooresville, is home to the area’s only 24-hour urgent care facility, as well as an ambulatory surgery center, imaging center, rehabilitation services, and physician practices. The mission of Iredell Health System is to inspire wellbeing. For a comprehensive list of services and programs, visit www.iredellhealth.org.