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Here comes Hudson
Women's Center hails arrival of first baby
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Allyson Bickers holds her newborn son Hudson Bickers Wednesday afternoon at the new Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth in Cumming. Hudson Bickers was the first baby born at the center. - photo by Emily Saunders

Wednesday morning marked an important milestone for the new Women's Center at Northside Hospital-Forsyth.

At 20 inches long and weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces, Hudson Lee Bickers was delivered via Cesarean section at 7:44 a.m.

His was the first scheduled birth in Forsyth County in 25 years.

Hudson is the second son of Flowery Branch residents Russell and Allyson Bickers.

The couple's 2-year-old son, Brayden, joined them at the hospital Wednesday to celebrate the new addition to their family.

Russell Bickers said Brayden is "real excited" about being a big brother.

"We've been talking about it a long time," he said.

By 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hudson was the first of three boys born at the hospital. A baby girl was on the way.

Allyson Bickers said her obstetrician-gynecologist, Sean Lambert, had told her a few months ago there was a chance her delivery would be the center's first.

"We were just thrilled to be the first," Allyson Bickers said. "Everyone's been so generous and accommodating and it's been a wonderful experience."

She said the delivery was "perfect."

"Everyone was on time and he came out good and there were no complications with me or the baby, so we're thankful for that," she said. "Everyone has just been great."

Lambert said he is thrilled about the Cumming facility.

"This has been a real pleasure," he said. "I've been up here 15 years. My partner and I merged a few years back, and Cumming is growing. For me this has just been wonderful."

Lambert said the women's center offers every support service needed, including high-risk obstetrics and neonatal care.

"It's not just that we're delivering babies," he said. "It's a full package here."

The 103,000-square-foot facility is expected to deliver about 2,000 babies each year.

Allyson Bickers said she expects to take her new baby home by Saturday.

The new center, which opened Wednesday, is expected to deliver about 2,000 babies each year, or about 167 per month.

By comparison, county probate court records show that just 160 babies were born, either at home or in an emergency room, in the 25 years since the previous scheduled baby delivery in Forsyth County.

The 103,000-square-foot facility has six private delivery and recovery rooms and six observation rooms.

It also features seven private pre-operating rooms, three C-section operating rooms and 16 private post-partum rooms.