Home birth the first birth of 2018

Angelique Lalonde and Lynden Sherman are Bulkey Valley’s newest parents.

Angelique Lalonde and Lynden Sherman are Bulkey Valley’s newest parents.

Louvel Sherman was the first baby born in the Bulkey Valley for 2018.

The baby boy was born via home delivery in Kispiox at 5:21 p.m. on Jan. 2. Louvel weighed eight pounds, 13 ounces at birth.

The practice of home births runs in Lalonde’s family. Her mother and sisters all had home deliveries.

“Traditionally women have birthed at home before modern hospitals, and now that we have registered midwives working with the hospitals it just feels like a safe choice,” said Lalonde.

“It’s nice to be at home and to be able to be in your space and not have to travel with a new baby especially in the winter after they’re born.”

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