First baby of 2021 welcomed at CHI St. Joseph's Health

Charlotte Colleen Kraemer was the first baby of 2021 at CHI St. Joseph’s Health in Park Rapids .

Charlotte Colleen Kraemer was both the first baby of the New Year born in Park Rapids and an Epiphany baby.

Charlotte Colleen Kraemer was born at 2:52 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6. She is also an Epiphany baby, since Jan. 6 is the date the Christian church celebrates the presentation of the baby Jesus to the wise men. In some countries, it is also known as Three Kings Day.

Charlotte’s parents are Taylor Markfort-Kraemer and Travis Kraemer of Nevis. The couple also has a 19-month-old son, Brantley. They moved to Nevis in September.

“Travis got a job up here working at Carr’s Tree Service, and we really like the area,” Taylor said. “I work at Reed’s Sporting Goods in Walker. We rent a place out in the country. We like that Nevis is a smaller town and close enough to everything but not too close. It’s a nice quiet town.”

Taylor went into the hospital to be induced at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 6. Charlotte arrived at 2:52 p.m. “I had about four hours of labor,” she said.


“With my son, I delivered in St. Cloud and had more people in the room, but this time I just had my husband. Last time, I had a couple of different doctors, but this time we just had my midwife, Heather Foresman. With my son, I had a doctor that I saw, but then a different doctor for the delivery. This time, having seen Heather since September and having her there for the delivery, it was more comfortable because we’d bonded.”

Baby Charlotte came home the afternoon of Jan. 7.

Taylor said Charlotte is a good baby. “She’s been nice and easy so far,” she said. “She’s very alert and curious. She looks at the lights and towards anything she hears. She likes to listen to what is going on around her and just hang out. She’s a good sleeper, too, and she’s not much of a crier. Brantley is very good with her, very protective. He worries about her if she cries.”

The couple knew they were having a girl. “We wanted to find out, since we’ve had a boy, if we needed to get some girl stuff,” she said.

She said she plans to take about six weeks off and then ease back into work. Travis has also taken some time off and is mainly helping with their son. “He’s like every guy,” Taylor said. “He sees Charlotte as a fragile, little thing right now. He was like that with my son, too, when he was a newborn. He will be more comfortable holding her when she’s a little older. He got some time off of work so he can help out and bond with her though.”

She said it has been nice to have this quiet time with just her immediate family.

“With it being winter and all the things with COVID, we haven’t had many visitors yet,” she said. “Travis’s mom and dad are the only ones who have come up so far. My parents haven’t come yet. We want Brantley to get comfortable with Charlotte first, consolidate that. We will have a couple people visit at a time when she’s a little bit older.”

Charlotte went home with an assortment of gifts from the hospital, including diapers, books, slippers, blankets, hats and a new car seat. “We got a lot of stuff,” she said. “It was pretty exciting having the first baby of the New Year. We were pretty shocked to be the only people on that floor. It was a really good experience at the hospital. Everybody was so nice.”


Travis Kraemer and Taylor Markfort-Kraemer of Nevis were excited to deliver the first baby of the New Year at CHI St. Joseph's Health in Park Rapids. Their daughter, Charlotte, was delivered by midwife Heather Foresman (not pictured) on Jan. 6. RN Linda Wisuri, at left, presented them with a goodie bag from the hospital. (Submitted photo)

Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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