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Natalie Hope, the first baby born at Salem Hospital in 2023

Salem Health’s first baby of the New Year arrives just minutes after midnight

Jan 03, 2023

Salem Health’s first baby of the New Year, Natalie Hope, was one of the first babies born in Oregon in 2023, if not the first.

(Salem, Ore. – January 3, 2023) Salem Health’s first baby of the New Year is one of the first babies born in Oregon in 2023, if not the first. Arriving at 12:03 a.m. on January 1, Natalie Hope was received in the arms of parents Anne and Scott Bean. She was also welcomed by siblings Mackenzie, Caitlyn, Daniel, Josie and Lauren.

“They all got to hold her,” Anne said. “Then the arguing began on who could hold her again! We all fell in love.”

The Salem Hospital Family Birth Center’s first baby of 2023 weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. Natalie’s 15-year-old sister Mackenzie joined her father and grandfather in the delivery room. “I’m so proud of her, she had tears of joy in her eyes,” Anne said.

Natalie has lots of beautiful dark hair, joining siblings with blond, brown and red hair. “She has a set of lungs that will be very useful in a big family!,” Anne said.

The Bean’s only son, Daniel, is now surrounded by five sisters. “When it turned out to be another girl, I was really surprised but happy,” said Daniel. “My younger sisters love to ruffle my hair and I bet Natalie will too.”

Anne stays busy homeschooling all children and husband Scott is a family practice physician in West Salem. He took over the clinic nine years ago from the physician who was his childhood doctor.

Our thanks to Anne’s father, professional photographer Chris MacAskill, for these amazing photos. He’s captured each of the Bean family’s births (so far), often flying in just in time.

First baby 2023 parents

First baby 2023 whole family

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