UCHealth welcomes its first New Year's baby

Olivia Odden was born in Highlands Ranch hospital at 8:26 a.m. on Jan. 2


The staff at UCHealth Highlands Ranch Hospital welcomed their first-ever New Year's baby Jan. 2 as Olivia Reign Odden was born at 8:26 a.m.

Olivia, weighing in at 6 pounds, is the fifth child of Mindy and Josh Odden of Aurora.

While Olivia wasn't expected until her due date, Jan. 26, Mindy woke up around 12:30 a.m. the morning after New Year's Day and had a feeling it was time, she said.

“Four hours later she was here,” she said. “She just made a fast and grand entrance.”

The Oddens had no idea Olivia was the hospital's first baby of the year until their doctor excitedly announced it after the birth, she said.

“It will be something fun she will get to tell people,” Mindy said. “It's a fun fact for her.”

The middle name Reign was chosen in part because her parents expect her to be the princess of the family, Mindy said.

The other reason is because exactly one year before Olivia's birth, Mindy had a miscarriage. When mothers are able to get pregnant again after a miscarriage, the child is commonly called a “rainbow baby.”

“She was just meant to be,” Mindy said. “Our family is complete at this point.”

The Odden family received a gift basket full of baby items, including a onesie, blanket, a sleep sack swaddle and a rattle, for being the first child born in the hospital this year. The New Year's baby welcome basket was a gift from the staff on the mom-baby unit at the hospital, according to a media release.

The family selected the hospital for Olivia's birth after a tour of the facility, Mindy said. The hospital opened June 18 of last year and has had 262 births since then, according to the release.

“She is just perfection,” Mindy said. “She's content, she loves to be held … she is just an answer to a prayer.”


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