First baby of 2021 born at home

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Ehlonna and Jeremy Jerrett, of Gays Mills, are happy at home with their family, including 3-year-old Jensen, and their healthy newborn, Grady, who was the 2021 New Year’s baby. (Submitted photo)

By Correne Martin


A 9-pound newborn boy was the first baby of the new year born in Crawford County. Grady Eric was born to Ehlonna and Jeremy Jerrett, of Gays Mills, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 7:48 a.m. at home. He weighed 9 pounds even and measured 20.5 inches long.

Grady is the grandson of Deb and Wayne Jerrett and Mike and Coretta Mills, all of Gays Mills. He joins a brother Jensen, 3, at home, where Ehlonna runs an in-home day care. Jeremy drives dump truck for Fahrner Asphalt, of Waunakee.

Delivering the infant who claimed the New Year’s baby honor were Heather Kramer and Alison Peralta, of Trillium Midwifery Services, based in Prairie du Chien. Grady arrived naturally after 28 hours of labor.

“We were shocked he was the New Year’s baby,” Ehlonna said.

The newborn and his family received a bundle of gifts, including gift cards, a savings bond, a car wash, a newspaper subscription, dental exams and x-rays, teething items and more from the Courier Press, Café Hope, Culver’s, Dental Associates, Driftless Area Pro-Life Group, Hardee’s, Huckleberry’s, Krachey’s BP, Mississippi Meats, Papa Murphy’s, PdC Dentistry, Peoples State Bank, and Trillium Midwifery Services. 

Home and doing well, the little family is settling in nicely. Ehlonna said big brother Jensen has been hugging and kissing Grady constantly. He’s happy to have a baby brother. Grady has been a happy, sleepy baby who loves to snuggle. 

“This is our first birth that qualified as the New Year’s baby,” noted Kramer, of Trillium, which offers at-home and birth center births to families within a 50-mile radius of Prairie du Chien.

Ehlonna said her pregnancy was considered low-risk and healthy, so having this baby out of the hospital, at home, was an option for her. 

“I had my first child in the hospital. But Alison and Heather are amazing. I will highly recommend Trillium and home births, in general,” she stated. “I was so calm and relaxed at home in my own space.”

“We couldn’t be happier to be able to help Ehlonna and Jeremy grow their family with the birth of their new son, Grady,” Kramer said. 

Alison agreed, “Ehlonna and Jeremy were a delight to work with. She was well-educated about her choices, knew well what she wanted and how best to achieve an out-of-hospital birth, and will be a wonderful advocate for midwifery care in the area. We hope more women come to appreciate the differences offered in midwifery care, and look forward to more New Year’s babies in the future.”

Ehlonna expects, even after her post-partum appointments, to keep in touch with Kramer and Peralta. “They’ve become like family,” she shared. 

Amid COVID-19, the Jerretts are happy to be home, healthy and safe.

Ehlonna reflected, “We’re just happy to be home together.”

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