The night was dark and the stars were twinkling, when first-time mother-to-be, Kay Kempton told her husband, Cody, it was time.
Despite a two-hour drive that began on forest roads that wound nearer to Winslow than Payson, Kay was relaxed when she arrived at Payson Regional Medical Center from their home at the Dutch Joe Ranch near Woods Canyon Lake.
"I have never seen a mother who was so relaxed during labor," John Dacanay, M.D. of Preferred Women's Care said.
Dacanay delivered a 21-inch long, seven pound, nine ounce baby boy to Kay and Cody at 12:29 a.m. Jan. 2.
They named him Colton.
"You did an outstanding job. You are my favorite patient of the year," Dacanay told Kay.
Kay said her delivery was "fast."
Cody's wish for his son is that Colton "stay healthy."
The new family will return to their home at the Dutch Joe Ranch.
Before they left the hospital, Chief nursing officer Hart Hintz and the labor and delivery staff congratulated and presented the new parents and baby with gift baskets from the Payson Senior Circle Association and Mogollon Health Alliance (MHA).
"The Senior Circle basket included a $50 gift certificate for the parents to go out to dinner, a sleep CD and baby items that were hand-knitted by Senior Circle members," Kathy Coombes, Senior Circle adviser said.
The MHA basket included baby items both purchased and handmade.
The health care resources, of the hospital's Tiny Toes Maternity Club, are available to expectant mothers through their child's first birthday.
As part of Tiny Toes, PRMC's ‘Web Nursery' is available for friends and family to view the first photos of the new baby.
202 mothers delivered their babies at PRMC in 2007.
Call (928) 472-1226 for more information about PRMC's Family Birthing Center.
Unfortunately it was too late to correct a name spelling error for the front page of Friday's edition Jan. 4, 2008 of the Roundup. The name was spelled Tempton - the correct spelling is Kempton. We regret this error and apologize for this oversight.