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‘It was the best way to ring in the new year’: Westminster couple celebrates birth of daughter, the first baby born in Carroll County in 2022

The Smith family of Westminster had a memorable first day of 2022.

Kiersten and Michael Smith spent their New Year’s Eve at Carroll Hospital ringing in the new year with Kiersten’s best friend, who works in The Family Birthplace there. About two hours later, their new baby girl joined them.

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Murphy Lillia Smith was the first baby born at Carroll Hospital in 2022, arriving at 2:12 a.m., on New Year’s Day.

Michael and Kiersten Smith with baby, Murphy.
Michael and Kiersten Smith with baby, Murphy. (Carroll Hospital)

Typically about 1,000 babies are born at the hospital each year, according to communications specialist Simone Lindsay. Murphy was the first on what was an average night of births at the hospital, Lindsay said.

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Murphy was born just one day before her estimated due date, to the delight of her parents.

“We were so anxious to see when she would come,” said Murphy’s mother, Kiersten Smith. “She really crafted this … Now she’ll never have to go to school on her birthday.”

The new mother said just before midnight on Dec. 31, she and her husband, Michael, counted down to 2022 together.

“It all happened so quickly after that,” she said. “It was the best way to ring in the new year.”

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On Saturday afternoon, Kiersten and Michael got to know their new daughter while surrounded by familiar faces. Kiersten Smith is a certified nurse midwife and has worked as a labor and delivery nurse. She currently works as a midwife with Capital Women’s Care and helps to deliver babies regularly in Carroll County.

Murphy’s middle name, Lillia, honors Kiersten’s mother, who has the same name.

The Westminster couple has been married for a little more than a year and anxiously awaited Murphy’s arrival, saying they always dreamed of a family together.

Murphy is their first child. The Smiths say they are already parents, though, to two “fur babies.” They are excited to bring Murphy home and introduce her to Meadow and Potter.

“They are her fur siblings,” Kiersten said. “Dogs can tell when you’re pregnant and they’ve been more attached to me … so they’ll be glad to finally meet her.”

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