Crozer Welcomes Delaware County’s First Baby of 2013 - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on January 03, 2013

Crozer Welcomes Delaware County’s First Baby of 2013


  • Chris and Rachel Jackson hold their newborn son, Zachary. Zachary was Delaware County’s first baby of 2013 and was born at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland.
  • Ezart and Diana Bennett hold their newborn daughter, Chelsea. She was born at Delware County Memorial Hospital and was Delaware County's first baby girl born in 2013.


For six years in a row (and nine out of the last 10), Crozer-Keystone Health System has had the distinct pleasure of welcoming Delaware County’s first baby of the New Year into the world. And 2013 is no different.

At 1:42 a.m., Rachel Jackson, of Bethel, gave birth to her first child, baby Zachary. He weighed in at 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 19 inches in length. Rachel and her husband, Chris, are thrilled about their son’s special birthday. Zachary wasn’t due until Jan. 9, but on New Year’s Eve around lunchtime, Rachel’s water broke and their adventure began.

The Jacksons spoke very highly of Crozer’s new Family Centered Maternity Care program, which allows for immediate skin-to-skin contact after the baby is born and encourages bonding. Rachel Jackson said she was excited to be able to hold her son so close so soon.

Just 19 minutes after Zachary Jackson’s birth, at 2:01 a.m., Diana Bennett gave birth to the county’s first girl at Delaware County Memorial Hospital. Chelsea Bennett, who weighed 8 pounds, 15 ounces, is the second child of Diana and Ezart Bennett of Upper Darby. The couple also has a 13-year-old daughter, Ashley, an eighth-grader who is a star track and field athlete.“Chelsea was due on Christmas Eve,” Ezart Bennett says, beaming, “and everyone said we would be getting a Christmas present. But instead we got a New Year’s present.” “I am honored to have the county’s first girl,” Diana Bennett adds. “We are excited, and will do our best to raise both Chelsea and Ashley the best we can.”

DCMH and Crozer are members of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Crozer-Keystone is Delaware County’s leading provider of maternity care, delivering nearly 3,700 babies each year. Both Crozer and DCMH offer services that include a well-baby nursery, an Intensive Care Nursery, Maternal/Fetal Medicine services, childbirth education classes, and fertility services. Each hospital also offers special amenities, including stork parking, wireless in-room Internet access, baby photography services and hotel-like toiletries for bathing.

For more information about maternity care at Crozer and DCMH, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit

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