‘Pioneer Baby’ turns 61 today

The Pioneer baby

From staff reports

It’s been 61 years ago today — March 13, 1958 — when this photo of Anne Stover holding her newborn daughter, Sherry Lynn, was taken at the Lock Haven Hospital.

It was a special day… the first day that the hospital used bracelets to identify mothers and babies when they were born. Although the hospital had never had a case of mistaken identify of newborn babies, the possibility of such an error warrants careful and systematic identification at the moment of birth, said Superintendent A. W. Speth.

The new system, which will be used in addition to footprints, instead of beads which were formerly used, calls for placting a bracelet on the mother’s arm with a small matching bracelet to be attached to the baby’s arm and leg shortly after birth. Both bracelets are eretained until the mother and child leave the hospital. The bracelets can be removed only by cutting them.

Today Sherry Lynn is celebrating her 61st birthday.

She lives in Williamsport with her husband Craig Weaver, formerly of Mill Hall, and the couple are paretns of four children.

Her parents are Ren and Anne Stover of Beech Creek.

Her mother recalls the day Sherry was born and the bracelets were attached to her arm and her baby’s arm and foot. They called her the “Pioneer Baby,” Anne said.

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