Southeast Arkansas’ first babies of 2017 arrived on January 2.

River Jakob Webb was born at Drew Memorial Hospital on January 2 at 12:57 p.m. and Treble Ridge Rickman was born at Ashley County Medical Center five hours later, making them the first babies born in Southeast Arkansas in 2017.


River, pictured above with his parents, Shelby O’Fallon and Jake Webb of Monticello, and Drew Memorial Hospital Auxiliary president Barbara Brown, was delivered by Dr. Julia Nicholson. He weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and was 22 inches long.

River’s parents received a gift basket from the hospital auxiliary which provides thousands of hours of volunteer service each year to the hospital and holds fundraisers to support the hospital’s mission of providing quality health care in the region.

Drew Memorial Hospital, founded in 1975, serves a population of 200,000 in Southeast Arkansas. The hospital offers free childbirth classes and breastfeeding classes to expectant parents. In 2016, 375 babies were delivered at Drew Memorial Hospital.

Treble, pictured below with his parents, Eden and Jerrick Rickman; his pediatrician, Dr. Richards; Ashley County Medical Center Nursery Manager, Amanda Autenreath and Dr. Rushton, was delivered by Dr. Rushton on January 2 at 6:19 p.m. Treble’s parents received a gift basket from Ashley County Medical Center.


The first baby born at Bradley County Medical Center arrived on January 3. Kennedy Joy, the daughter of Teisha Broughton of Warren and Stacey Thompson of Monticello, was delivered by Dr. Worley at 8:47 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 21 inches long.