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New Year’s Baby Girl Born At Geisinger Medical Center

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. — A family from Northumberland County welcomed a baby girl into the world New’s Year Day at Geisinger Medical Center near Dan...

MAHONING TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A family from Northumberland County welcomed a baby girl into the world New's Year Day at Geisinger Medical Center near Danville.

There are countless ways to ring in the New Year, but Kasandra Eltringham and Jason Bickel of Coal Township believe their first moments of 2020 were unmatchable. At 3:34 a.m., their daughter, Brayleigh Rayne Bickel, was born at Geisinger Medical Center.

"She's the last one, so I guess if you're going to go out, go out with a bang," Jason Bickle said.

Brayleigh was early, she wasn't due until January 7.

"When they told me they wanted to take me a week early at the doctor's office, I jokingly said to her I'm going to have a New Year's baby, and she said actually yes you`re going to go in on the 31st.," Kasandra Eltringham said.

Brayleigh weighs eight pounds and is 21 inches long.

"Her name means bright star shining on a cloudy day," her father explained. "That's why we ended up on it. We wanted to pick something that wasn't too common but wasn't out there."

Brayleigh has five older siblings; sisters Catalina and Breann were excited to meet their baby sister.

"I haven't been around a tiny baby in a while," Catalina said.

"I don't think it really feels any different to have a baby just because it's New Year's,"  Eltringham said. "It's all very emotional."