First Baby of 2017 Born at DCH


(Washington, IN) — Ringing in the New Year in a hospital bed is not what people typically plan or look forward to unless they are due to have a baby during this time.   Oddly enough, January 1st passed this year without a single baby delivered at Daviess Community Hospital.  

In the early morning hours of January 2nd, Daphnee Henry was preparing to make a trip to the hospital.  Daphnee and her husband, Venord, traveled the short distance from their house in Washington where she was admitted just 20 minutes before their 3rd child was born.  

Jaysen Davens Henry made his way into the world at 6:38am on Monday, January 2nd weighing 7 lbs, 14 oz.  It wasn’t until Dr. Dennis Atienza delivered her son that she learned he was the first born in 2017 at Daviess Community Hospital.

For Jaysen, being the first born at DCH came with some perks. While Daphnee was cuddling her new bundle of joy, OB Nurse Missy Tanksley brought in a special surprise - a wagon filled with an extra large teddy bear, diapers, toys and other necessities for the new mom and baby.  "All the nurses and the staff has been so nice here," said Henry, as she looked over the wagon. 

The record for births in a year at DCH is currently 521 from 2012.  Shawna O’Kelley Brinson, OB Manager, remarked, “We plan to grow each year to eventually exceed that number. With the great reputation our Women’s Health Center and the OB physicians here in Washington, we believe our numbers will continue to climb.” 

To learn more about Daviess Community Hospital’s Women’s Health Center, go to or call 812-254-8880.

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