Leap Day babies born in The Birth Place at St. Anthony Regional Hospital include (from left) Emily Paige Spahn, with parents Carla and Josh Spahn of Denison; Maximus Daniel Halbur, son of Sherry and Dan Halbur of Halbur; and Justice AEon St. John, daughter of Jennifer and Jesse St. John of Carroll, also with daughter Jessika, 1.
Leap Day babies born in The Birth Place at St. Anthony Regional Hospital include (from left) Emily Paige Spahn, with parents Carla and Josh Spahn of Denison; Maximus Daniel Halbur, son of Sherry and Dan Halbur of Halbur; and Justice AEon St. John, daughter of Jennifer and Jesse St. John of Carroll, also with daughter Jessika, 1.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Last Wednesday was Leap Day, and things were indeed jumping in The Birth Place at St. Anthony Regional Hospital.

Remarkably, The Birth Place delivered four Leap Day babies.

“It was crazy yesterday,” Birth Place nurse manager Pat Hogan said the next afternoon.

With the four new deliveries, and The Birth Place was caring for 11 babies born Feb. 27-29 and their moms. Since the unit was overflowing, some moms and babies who were nearly ready to go home were moved to regular patient rooms on the same floor.

The Birth Place, which delivered 26 babies from Feb. 20-29 and 42 in the month altogether, had to call in extra nurses to work.

Babies born on Leap Day are:

— Easton Jeffrey Weier, son of Trish and Nick Weier of Westside, born at 5:06 a.m., weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces. He’s their first child.

— Emily Paige Spahn, daughter of Carla and Josh Spahn of Denison, born at 1:13 p.m., weighing 7 pounds, 5 ounces. She’s the Spahns’ fifth child, joining Caitlyn, 8; Adrian, 7; Daisy, 6; and Linda, 3.

— Justice AEon St. John, daughter of Jennifer and Jesse St. John of Carroll, born at 7:18 p.m., weighing 5 pounds, 11 ounces. She joins a brother, Jackson, 5, and sister, Jessika, 1.

— Maximus Daniel Halbur, son of Sherry and Dan Halbur of Halbur, born at 8:33 p.m., weighing 8 pounds, 6 ounces. He’s the Halburs’ first child.

All the parents agreed the Leap Day arrivals made these births extra special.

St. Anthony’s Leap Day baby boom defies the odds. Chances of being born on Leap Day — the extra day at the end of February every four years to synchronize the calendar to the solar year —  are 1 in 1,461, and St. Anthony had no Leap Day births four years ago.

Statistics indicate there are only 187,000 people in the U.S. (population 313 million) and 4 million people in the world (population nearly 7 billion) who have been born on Leap Day.

Jennifer St. John’s grandfather Ron Kelly, 80, of Jacksonville, Fla., shares a Leap Day birthday with his new granddaughter.

The parents at St. Anthony were unanimous that given the choice of celebrating their Leap Day babies’ birthdays on Feb. 28 or March 1 every year except Leap Year that they will opt to keep the celebration in February.

Sherry Halbur says her husband joked that the Leap Day birth will save on birthdays, having to celebrate only every four years.

“It’s cool,” Jesse St. John says of the Leap Year distinction.