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University of Michigan's Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital welcomes 2013 New Year baby

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Baby Lawrence took his time and his timing was perfect. Arriving at 2:07 a.m. Lawrence Crawford III, weighing 8 pounds and 15 ounces, was the first child born in 2013 at the University of Michigan’s Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital.

It's the first child for Krysta and Lawrence Crawford Jr., who live in Japan and expected their son to be born Christmas Eve, but instead baby Lawrence arrived a week later on New Year’s Day.

Crawford Jr. says Krysta wanted to have the baby at the U-M, and flew back to the United States several months ago to begin prenatal treatments and checkups.

The couple also wanted his parents to see the newborn, although soon the family will be half a world away. Crawford Jr., who arrived in Michigan two weeks ago, flies back Wednesday to Toyota-Shi, Japan.

The new Mom and baby will stay behind until a pediatrician says its OK to fly back to Japan to join him.

"I really wanted them to see their first grandchild, and the university, we have a real strong tie to this university," says Crawford Jr., a 2006 U-M graduate who works in sales and testing for a Japanese auto supplier.

His parents both earned U-M degrees. A maize and blue blanket was draped across his isolette, but much of New Year's Day Lawrence III was held in the arms of family.

The U-M Children's and Women's Hospital has the distinction of welcoming Washtenaw County's first baby of 2013.  The New Year's Baby was welcomed in style with a gift bag for the family:  a stuffed Mott bear, a photo package, and a “Hail to the Little Victors” onesie.

It's also a time of new beginnings for the Health System. The new U-M's C. S. Mott Children's Hospital and Von Voigtlander Women's Hospital opened to patients just one year ago.


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