ECLIPSE BABIES: Parents delighted to welcome new additions on eclipse day

Several babies were born on eclipse day in the St. Louis area. Credit: KMOV

While others oohed and ah-ed at the beauty of the eclipse, the cries of newborn babies at Barnes Jewish Hospital were no less full of wonder.

In matching onesies and eclipse glasses, six of the close to a dozen babies born at the hospital Monday took time for a photo op.

Their parents, and hospital staff, knew that day was twice as momentous.

Baby Raqui apparently wanted her day to be well-remembered. The first baby born on eclipse day, she was in a hurry. With no time to get the hospital, her mom delivered in just an hour at home.

Raqui arrived two whole weeks early.

“My mom was like, no, she's going to be an eclipse baby. and yes she was. She was right. I guess mom's are always right,” said Leslie Greene

But while Leslie didn't really have a choice, doctors say some soon-to-be parents jumped at the chance to have an eclipse baby.

“Some mothers who had a reason to choose the day, an induction or cesarean, this day filled up quickly on the schedule,” said Dr. Eric Strand.

Dr. Strand told News 4 that ahead of time they had to dispel some myths.

“There are a lot of omens and wives tales is it bad to have a baby during the eclipse or have a baby during the eclipse, there are myths about birth defects, none of which are true,” Strand said.

And it's just coincidence, he said, that a slightly higher than average number of babies were born.

“We haven't had a rush of people in labor, with their water breaking, it's been a typical day,” Dr. Strand said.

The babies born have 10 toes and 10 fingers, strong lungs and a story to tell.

The gift Mother Nature provided now behind us, but their lives only just beginning to shine.

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