During the very early hours of Jan. 1 at the Qikiqtani General Hospital (QGH) in Iqaluit, wife and husband Arielle Stockdale and Tim Brown welcomed Agatha Stockdale into the world, the territory’s first baby of 2021.

Nurse Melynda Ehaloak, left, and Dr. Fiona Main support tiny Agatha Stockdale as mom Arielle Stockdale, centre, beams at her newborn. Born at 3:15 a.m. Agatha is Nunavut’s first baby of 2021. photo courtesy of Government of Nunavut

“We are so incredibly grateful to our caring and attentive obstetrics team at QGH who helped us throughout the pregnancy, and a super special thank you to our amazing birth team, including RN (registered nurse) Melynda Ehaloak, Dr. Fiona Main, RN Kellyn Kolenosky and doula Megan Levy Mason.” wrote the couple in a message to Nunavut News.

Her full name is Agatha Claudia Gwynneth Stockdale and she was born at 3:15 a.m. with a weight of four pounds, six ounces and measuring 42.5 cm long.

“We were so surprised Agatha was Nunavut’s first baby of 2021!” they add.

The couple also were gifted a bunting bag which was designed by Annie Petalaussie at the Nunavut Arctic College Fur Design program for the honour of having Nunavut’s first baby of 2021.

Agatha Stockdale sleeping at the Qikiqtani General Hospital. photo courtesy of Tim Brown

“We are so pleased with the bag; it is beautiful. What a great initiative!”

The couple wished everyone a happy new year and best wishes for the year ahead.

“Thank you again to everyone who helped bring small but resilient Agatha to us and Happy New Year, 2021! Here’s hoping 2021 will bring joy and positivity to Nunavummiut!”

Arielle Stockdale, left, and Tim Brown welcomed Nunavut’s New Year’s baby Agatha Stockdale (centre) during the early hours of Jan. 1 at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit. photo courtesy of Government of Nunavut

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