Leap Day Baby born at Haywood Regional Medical Center

March 2, 2016


Leap Day Baby born at Haywood Regional Medical Center 

Waynesville, NC – March, 2016 - There are about 200,000 people in the United States and worldwide just under 5 million who have their birthdays fall on February 29. These lucky individuals, also called leaplings or leapsters, have defied 1-in-1,461 odds to be born on this date.

Haywood Regional Medical Center is proud to announce the leap day baby birth of Rowan Elizabeth Reece – proud parents Johnny and Autumn Reece welcomed baby Rowan at 8:13am on Monday February 29th.  She weighed 7lbs 7oz and is 19 ¾” long.  She will be welcomed at home by big sisters Kaleigh and Carissa.  

Dr. Alyson Miletich of Haywood Women’s Medical Center delivered baby Rowan and shared, “It is a privilege to be involved in the pregnancies and deliveries of the women in western North Carolina.

Leapsters like Rowan keep two sets of ages, annual and quadrennial. Leap-year days serve a purpose, as we know: The extra day tacked onto the end of February every four years accounts for Earth’s spinning around the sun five hours, 48 minutes, and 45 seconds longer than 365 days. In 46 B.C., Julius Caesar noticed the calendar had fallen behind 90 days and tried to correct the difference, and added days here and there to months on the calendar for one year, adding a leap day every four years thereafter. 

When do leap year babies celebrate their birthdays?  In North Carolina and the rest of the US, your legal birthday is March 1 in non-leap-years. In other countries, such as New Zealand and China, your age advances a year on February 28th.

Famous leap year babies include Dennis Farina, Dinah Shore, Antonio Sabato, Jr., Jimmy Dorsey, Ja Rule and Tony Robbins.

The twin cities of Anthony, Texas, and Anthony, New Mexico, are the self-proclaimed Leap Year Capital of the World. They hold a four-day leap year festival each leap year that includes a huge birthday party for all leap day babies. There's also a leap year club: The Honor Society of Leap Year Babies is a club for people born on Feb. 29. More than 10,000 people worldwide are members.

All leap babies derive a certain pride from their semi-unique status. Many people say it makes them feel special, not to mention enabling them to go all out celebrating those rare “real” birthdays. Leap babies are also fond of claiming that they’re inherently young at heart.

HRMC’s Women’s Care Center is committed to providing excellent personalized care close to home for new and expecting parents. HRMC’s Women’s Care Center offers private labor and delivery rooms where new mothers may room-in with their babies after delivery in a cheery, home-like atmosphere.  The rooms also feature convertible couches which become beds for family members to stay with moms. The unit also boasts Jacuzzi soaking tubs and a nursery. Highly trained and skilled OB/GYN Physicians, Pediatricians, Nurses, and Lactation Consultants are on staff to ensure that mom and baby have a comfortable and safe environment during this important event. Women and Children’s services at Haywood Regional Medical Center include new parent classes, big brother/big sister classes, parenting support groups, and CPR classes. To arrange a tour of the facility, call (828) 456-7311.