Tucumcari hospital’s first baby born

By Ryn Gargulinski

When the Tucumcari hospital’s first baby of the new year was born at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Mom said the girl’s screams could be heard as far away as Albuquerque.

Well, that’s because the baby’s mother, Stephanie Romero, was on the phone with her own mother and her brother who live there.

In addition to her phone crew, Romero said she was in labor at Trigg Memorial Hospital holding hands with the baby’s father, Brian Spinden, when the 6-pound, 12-ounce, 19 1/2-inch girl was born. She was named Briannah Romero by Stephanie Romero and Spinden’s mom. They said they knew it was going to be a girl for about five months and have a nursery awaiting.

“Everything’s pink,” Stephanie Romero said when asked to describe the nursery. When asked to describe the delivery, this first-time mom said, “It was pretty exciting. It made it even more exciting to be the first baby of the new year.”

Excitement aside — an emotion Spinden said he shared, especially since it was his first time in the delivery room —
Stephanie Romero did admit to feeling another overwhelming sensation.

“I’m just so tired,” she said. “I just want to go home and take a shower and rest.”

She said she also felt relief. “At Christmas I was just so big and miserable,” Romero said. “New Year’s, too.”

Although rest is often an uncommon thing for new mothers, Romero said her own mom and dad are coming next week to help take care of the newborn. She said many have helped already.

“We just want to thank everybody, everybody in the community,” Romero said. “They helped us out a lot. And Dr. (Johnny) Faith —he was wonderful. And everyone at Trigg,” she said, adding, “especially Head Nurse Linda (Sims).”

When asked how Sims felt Romero fared in the delivery room, she was quick to reply. “She did wonderful. She needs to be our poster mom for delivering babes,” Sims said, “especially first babes.”