The first baby born in 2023 at Samoa’s National Tupua Tamasese Meaole Hospital arrived at 5.16am.
Liz and Paee Hunt’s baby girl is Samoa’s second born baby, behind Tuasivi Hospital’s baby girl born at 0500, just 16 minutes earlier.
Liz Hunt’s baby girl weighed in at 8lbs, said RM Jessie Autagavaia who delivered TTMs first born assisted by RM Siaulaula Tupe.
“It was an easy birth. Baby came along just a short 20 minutes after they arrived,” said RM Autagavaia.
Liz’s Mom, Elena Lepau, said she timed it so they wouldn’t come into hospital too early.
“I thank our Heavenly Father for this gift He has given us,” said the proud grandmother.
Liz and Paee say this is their third baby. They have two girls aged four and two at home. “Aitu is four and Thelma is two,” said their father. “They’ll be happy to see their baby sister,” said Pae’e who works as a carpenter to care for his young family.
The couple have not yet decided on baby’s name. Their firstborn girl is named after Liz’s paternal grandmother and Pae’e hints with a smile that it must be his side of the family’s turn.
Samoa’s first born baby of 2023 was born at Tuasivi Hospital in Savaii. The 7.7 pound baby girl was born at 0500 delivered by veteran RM Lagaau Savea.
Speaking to SGN from Savaii, Lagaau says their baby girl was born to a Palolo from Saipipi Savaii, and her husband Sailele.
God Bless Samoa’s first babies of 2023.