IHC Heber Valley Hospital Welcomes First Baby of 2023 Born in Wasatch County

Sawyer Ann Karinen was born at 11:39 p.m. on January 2, 2023. She is the daughter of Clara Vowels and Andrew Karinen, residents of Heber City. Sawyer weighed in at 6 lbs. 5 oz. and is 19 inches long. She is Clara and Andrew’s first child.

“I can’t believe she’s mine,” said Clara, Sawyer’s mom. “It was a long day of almost 20 hours of labor, but she’s definitely worth it.”

“It’s hard to put into words,” said her father, Andrew. “We’ve both worked in daycares, so we have lots of experience with kids. But they go home at the end of the day. It’s so crazy we’re taking this little one home with us.”

Along with her first baby status, Sawyer also received a prize basket of baby goodies from Intermountain Healthcare to celebrate the birth at Heber Valley Hospital, which included generous donations from three Utah-based baby product vendors: Minky Couture; Loulou and Company; and Over the Moon.

“It’s always exciting to welcome our first baby of the year,” said Kam Wright, Heber Valley Hospital nurse manager, women and newborn services. “They’re a darling family and it was the perfect wintery welcome for Sawyer.”

Heber Valley Hospital is a 19-bed hospital and has been serving the Wasatch County area since 1999. More than 200 babies were born at Intermountain Heber Valley Hospital in 2022.