Welcoming the first baby to 2019 - and into a new world

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BRATTLEBORO — Kriston Fournier, 20, of Vernon, was in labor for 26 hours before giving birth to Skyler Rae Fournier, at 6 pounds, 2 ounces and 18 inches long.

"It was all really amazing," said Kriston, about giving birth to the first baby of the New Year in Windham County at 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday.

"Throughout the whole labor, the staff was there comforting me and making sure everything went smoothly," she said, about the doctors, nurses and other health care professionals in the Birthing Center at Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. "Everything went very well for me."

Fournier, a graduate of the Windham Regional Career Center specializing in automotive technology, grew up in Jacksonville, but now lives in Vernon.

Fournier thanked Dr. Judith McBean, of Brattleboro OB/GYN, for her help throughout the pregnancy and the labor. Fournier also thanked her older sister, Amber Fournier, who lives in Newfane, for being with her during labor.

During her pregnancy, Fournier was diagnosed with gestational diabetes, and was required to take insulin. According to the Mayo Clinic, like other types of diabetes, gestational diabetes affects how cells use sugar, also known as glucose. Gestational diabetes, if not treated and managed, can cause high blood sugar that can affect a pregnancy and a baby's health.

As part of her treatment plan, Fournier visited the hospital on a regular basis for non-stress tests, a non-invasive test to make sure a fetus is getting enough oxygen and nourishment.

"Before I gave birth, I was in for a non-stress test," said Fournier. "I returned home and was there for about two or three hours and I started having contractions."

As is typical with gestational diabetes, Fournier's diabetes went away after she gave birth.

Kriston Fournier's mother is Stephanie Fournier, of Brattleboro. Her father is Wyatt Fournier, of Jacksonville.

The first baby born in Vermont in 2019 was born at the UVM Medical Center at 12:06 a.m. Nicole Begic, of Williston, gave birth to Andre Anderson after being in labor for 30 hours.

Bob Audette can be contacted at 802-254-2311, ext. 151, or raudette@reformer.com.


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