Vidant Beaufort Hospital announces first baby of 2018

Published 8:02 pm Tuesday, January 9, 2018


While people across the world rang in the new year, one local couple welcomed into the world the first baby born in Beaufort County in 2018.

Ezra Luke Elks was born Jan. 1 at 5:14 p.m., weighing in at 8 pounds, 2 ounces at birth. The newborn measured 22 inches long.

Parents Jessica and Cameron Elks, of Chocowinity, were surprised to find out Ezra was the first baby born in the new year, according to hospital staff. Though Ezra’s due date was not until Jan. 5, his parents had a feeling he’d come a little early.

“With the super moon on the same day, the thought had crossed their minds that it could be a possibility,” Jennifer Lewis, Vidant Beaufort Hospital’s community health improvement coordinator, wrote in an email.

Baby Ezra was delivered by Dr. Bonnie Corley of Vidant Women’s Care in Washington.

Grandparents Mark Elks, Jennifer and Craig Godley and Stacey Woolard, who is also a nurse at Vidant Beaufort, were all on hand to visit the New Year’s baby.

The first U.S. birth of 2018 happened just two seconds after midnight Jan. 1 on the U.S. island territory of Guam. The closest New Year’s birth in Beaufort County in recent years was in 2016, when Sarah Campbell Furlough was born to Woody and Rachel Furlough at 12:50 a.m. on New Year’s Day.