Area welcomes first baby of 2013
Isaiah Fritzley, born New Year’s Day, joins sister Olivia
Dad Mike, big sister Olivia and mom Tammy welcome Isaiah Fritzley to the family in their Huntsville home. Isaiah, who was born at home with the help of midwives on Jan. 1 at 12:36 p.m., was Muskoka’s first baby born in 2013.
HUNTSVILLE – Huntsville’s Isaiah Fritzley was born at home on New Year’s Day.
The little boy was not only the first baby born in Huntsville in the new year, but in Muskoka as well. The midwives who delivered him are saying he may also be the first baby of the new year to be delivered with the help of a midwife in Ontario.
But his celebrity status did not seem to phase him much as he sat happily on the lap of his mother, Tammy McDermott, surrounded by his father, Mike Fritzley, and sister Olivia in their comfortable home five days after his birth.
McDermott said it was nice to think that her son is the first baby born in Muskoka in 2013.
“But we’re just happy he’s here because that in itself is a miracle,” she said.
Isaiah was delivered via water birth at 12:36 p.m. on Jan. 1. For that type of birth, the mother sits in a pool of water, which can aid in the delivery and transition for the baby.
But McDermott said Isaiah was so eager to be born that there was barely time to fill the pool before he made his grand entrance.
He was born four minutes after McDermott’s water broke.
“I didn’t even have to push. My body was just doing it,” said McDermott.
“It’s a like a commercial break,” quipped one of the midwives.
McDermott said she had to push for three and a half hours with her first child, Olivia.
She said she had wanted her children to be born at home.
“It’s just nicer to be home, to be in our bed afterward,” she said.
She had planned to deliver Olivia at home as well four years earlier, but situations led to a hospital birth at that time.
“I still had her naturally, like I wanted to,” said McDermott.
The family has since moved from an apartment into a house and the setting feels more like home, said McDermott. It seemed to her like the perfect place to bring their second child into the world.
“I don’t see birth as being a medical procedure,” said McDermott.
And she said she hoped the exposure of Isaiah’s birth would enhance awareness of women’s birth options.
She said her mother had given birth to her in what she called an assembly line fashion.
“Things need to change,” said McDermott. “There are so many unnecessary things that happen because women aren’t aware of their options.”
She praised doctors, especially the family’s doctor who supported her birth plan, for the support and expertise.
But she praised the warm, personal and informative care she received from the midwives through the birth of her two children as well.
Isaiah was due on Jan. 3, but his early arrival gave him a place in history.
It also gave him several goodies.
Friends of Muskoka Midwives presented him and his family with a basket full of gift certificates, books and toys from Muskoka businesses and community supporters, valued at more than $500.
The Huntsville Forester will also present a basket full of gifts donated by the business community in honour of Isaiah’s birthday.
The family graciously accepted the gifts and thanked everyone profusely.
But, as McDermott lifted her tiny boy and smiled at his happy face, the idea of family seemed to be the most treasured thing in the room.