Our 80,000 Baby!

St. Alexius proudly announces the arrival of its 80,000 baby born at St. Alexius. Kinley Kay Eckroth was born Monday, March 12, 2012 at 1:54 p.m., weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces.

Parents Jill and Travis Eckroth of Flasher were shocked when they learned moments after the birth that they had just delivered the 80,000 baby. "It's kind or surreal. You don't even really realize sometimes until you get home that they're yours," says Jill.

St. Alexius celebrated Kinley's birth on Tuesday, March 13 with cake and a gift basket. Sister Renee Zastoupil, director of St. Alexius Spiritual Services, blessed the baby and her family. Big sister Brenna, age two, cut the cake. The couple's parents were present for the birthday party, along with local media, director of Women's and Children and clinical coordinator of Labor and Delivery.

Jill says of the staff at The Birth Place, "They treat you like a daughter and make you feel not so scared. They've always been so nice and good to us."

The 60,000 baby born at The Birth Place was in November 1994. The 70,000 baby was born in May 2004. Both were boys.

St. Alexius delivered more than 1,400 babies last year alone. "Kinley's birth is a celebration of tradition and the reason St. Alexius has earned the name ‘The Birth Place.'" says Stephanie Goroski, director of Women's and Children. "We extend our sincere appreciation to the thousands of families who, over the years, have given us the privilege of caring for them during this special time in their lives."

Jill Eckroth is originally from Bowman and Travis is originally from Flasher.