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When Megan Bransfield of Hopkinton awoke at 5:45 a.m. on Mother’s Day with contractions, she called her mother to share the news of the gift they would receive that day. At 1:19 p.m., Henry Mason was born to Megan and her husband, Chris Bransfield, at Emerson Hospital.


5/18/12:

When Megan Bransfield of Hopkinton awoke at 5:45 a.m. on Mother’s Day with contractions, she called her mother to share the news of the gift they would receive that day. At 1:19 p.m., Henry Mason was born to Megan and her husband, Chris Bransfield, at Emerson Hospital.

Just one day past his due date, Henry weighed 9 pounds, 14½ ounces. Megan was assisted throughout her labor and delivery by Trista Wehner, a certified nurse-midwife with AFA Obstetrics & Gynecology in Concord and Westford.

“I was grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day with the Bransfields as they welcomed their son into their family,” Wehner said. “This was the first Mother’s Day birth I have attended as a midwife, and it was a wonderful way to celebrate all mothers!”

Megan and Chris had spent the previous day walking around Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Boylston and indulging in ice cream, Megan’s pregnancy craving. While friends and family members had suggested that she could deliver on Mother’s Day, Megan said, “It was so surreal when it actually happened. I couldn’t have asked for a better gift.”

“Everyone at Emerson is so warm and friendly, and Trista and my nurse gave me such great support. It was a very positive experience,” Megan added. “Everything happened quickly, but the delivery was everything I wanted. It was very special.”

Chris agreed the timing of Henry’s arrival was “perfect.”

“It’s great how they involve us dads in the process, too,” he said.

One of Henry’s first visitors was his big sister, 2-year-old Clara Grace, who welcomed him with hugs, kisses and a serenade of “Happy Birthday.” Clara was also born at Emerson.

“There are other hospitals closer to us,” Megan said, “but I couldn’t imagine going anywhere else.”