First baby of the year at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital
Mary Grace Faulk had a plan.
With her baby’s Jan. 21 due date approaching, Mary Grace went to the grocery store the morning of New Year’s Eve to grab supplies to make freezable meals that would be easy for her and her husband, Eric, to prepare after the birth.
The Murrells Inlet resident, 29, made spaghetti sauce, breakfast burritos, chili and smoothie-ready packs of vegetables and fruits, but little Coker Anne Faulk, the couple’s first child, wouldn’t wait any longer.
“The whole pregnancy I kept saying you’ve got to make it to at least January, to at least the 37-week mark,” Mary Grace said. “She (Coker) made it -- she listened.”
By 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Mary Grace began feeling the contractions that signaled the start of labor. She and her husband, Eric, packed bags for the hospital, found someone to care for their dog, installed a car seat and contacted Tidelands Health physician Dr. Xaviera Carter, Mary Grace’s OB-GYN, to alert her of the situation and seek advice.
After waiting for the contractions to become more regular and closer together, Mary Grace and Eric headed to Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital. At 6:45 a.m. on New Year’s Day, Coker made her entrance into the world, the first baby born in 2018 at Tidelands Georgetown.
“We had a great experience,” Mary Grace said. “I can’t say enough good things about the nurses and Dr. Carter.”
Mary Grace said she’ll never forget holding her daughter for the first time.
“It was like nothing that you’ve ever experienced before,” she said. “It’s a miracle - it’s definitely God’s miracle.”