West Bloomfield hospital welcomes first baby of 2019

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published January 10, 2019

 Ronica Mitchell, of Detroit, is all smiles as a new mom with Raegan Kennedy Hugle on Jan. 1 at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Ronica Mitchell, of Detroit, is all smiles as a new mom with Raegan Kennedy Hugle on Jan. 1 at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Photo provided by Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital


WEST BLOOMFIELD — At 1:27 a.m. Jan. 1, Raegan Kennedy Hugle, of Detroit, celebrated the new year in a unique way: She was born at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital.

Hugle weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces, and was 20 1/2 inches long, her mother, Ronica Mitchell, said in a Jan. 8 phone interview with the West Bloomfield Beacon.

Mitchell, who is doing well, said she delivered eight days late. She was due two days before Christmas.

She headed to the hospital Dec. 31 at 41 weeks and two days along. She was given medicine to help move things along, and her water eventually broke on its own.

Mitchell said she was admitted at around the same time as another woman, and it was a friendly race, so to speak, to see who would deliver on New Year’s Day.

“We knew when I was pushing it was like a competition,” she said. The other woman wound up having her baby Dec. 31.

“They (doctors) kept saying all day I had the highest chance of having the baby born (on New Year’s Day),” she said.

When it comes to birthdays, Mitchell said her daughter’s will more than likely be celebrated on her actual birthdate, although it will depend on which day New Year’s Day lands on in a given year.

“We’ll try to always do it on her birthday,” she said, adding that this is her first child; her boyfriend’s son, 2, has a birthday of Dec. 9.

“Their B-days are going to be really close,” she said, noting that her boyfriend is excited about his daughter’s birth. “He plays her birthday numbers in the lottery every night.”

DeShawn Hugle, 35, said in a message that he thinks it is awesome that his daughter has a holiday birthday.

“We can’t wait to celebrate next year,” he said, adding that his typical New Year’s Day plans have revolved around going home after celebrating out. “This year I spent the new year in the hospital with my baby daughter.”

When selecting a name, Mitchell said she and her boyfriend went through many options, but they landed on Raegan.

She said her boyfriend’s son is a junior, and she wanted her daughter’s name to be similar to her name. So she chose a name that started with the letter R.

“It was down to several names,” she said, and she likes the unique spelling of Raegan over the traditional “Reagan.”

“I spelled it a little different.”

Mitchell said her daughter, who already sleeps through the night, was a New Year’s resolution accomplished.

“I can check her of the list,” she said. The family off four’s other resolutions involve traveling more and getting a house.

“When I was pregnant, I felt I was pregnant the whole year last year; we’re going to do more family things now that we have two kids,” she said.