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Girl born at Bitterroot Health is valley's 2022 New Year's baby

Community news | Thursday, January 6, 2022

Attending physician Mary Camden, with proud parents Tricia and Quentin Porter and baby Juniper Deborah Porter, is the first New Year's baby born at Bitterroot Health (pictured).

She was born to parents Tricia and Quentin Porter at 6:21 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 3. The sweet little bundle of joy weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measured in at 20-inches long.

The name Juniper came about because both parents loved the name and Deborah is the name of Quentin’s mother.

“Juniper represents the evergreen tree, youth and newness and New Year’s,” Tricia said. “We typically chose family names for middle names for our children.”

Juniper will be joining older sister, age 4, and older brother, age 2. Quentin has lived in the Bitterroot Valley for 13 years and Tricia has lived here her whole life.

The attending physician was Dr. Mary Camden who also delivered the other Porter children.

“I’m so happy for Tricia and Quentin because she was my LPN in the office,” Camden said. “I have known her for 11 years and we’ve been friends since I lived in the Bitterroot Valley. I’m very happy for them.”

Quentin said that as parents who have just used the services of Bitterroot Health they are appreciative.

“We give a big thank you to the staff, Dr. Camden, and the nurses Glenda [Elliott] and Mary [Vermillion] and the many others that helped,” he said. “They have been very professional, very personable and very attentive to all our requests. They have just been all-around great. We’ve been given great service.”

As for having the New Year’s baby, the Porter family was gifted a crib filled with baby care items (including books, pictures, stuffed animals, diapers and outfits) donated by all staff across all departments at the hospital.