BANGOR- Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center welcomed its first baby of the new year just after noon on New Year’s Day, making it the fourth New Year’s baby in Maine.
Weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz., Henry entered the world.
“It’s been a long day. New Year’s Eve was last night, so we went into labor just after 12 o’clock and I just flew in from Australia,” said Simon, Henry’s biological father.
This is Simon’s second son using a surrogate.
“We used Kristie as our surrogate last time,” Simon said. “It was such a great experience and they’re fantastic at the hospital here, so we thought we would come back to Bangor.”
Kristie Carr was Henry’s gestational carrier.
Carr is from Eddington.
Over the past nine years, she’s had three children of her own and has delivered three surrogate babies.
“When the baby is born and just the look in the eyes of the dads, it’s just, it’s amazing,” Carr said.
Simon’s other son is 18-months-old.
He’s home in Australia, awaiting the arrival of his little brother.
“We’re here for the next five weeks, then probably back up to Boston,” Simon said. “To fly back is a long flight, probably 22 hours or so. We’ll take our time getting back. He’ll get his documentation done and after that, head home.”
As for Kristie, she said she doesn’t plan to have anymore babies.
“I’m done. Six is enough,” Carr said. “I’m ready to relax and enjoy time not being pregnant for awhile.”