Mayo Clinic Health System delivered the first baby of 2018 early Monday in Eau Claire as parents Christine Ravago and her husband, Simon Bone, of Severna Park, Md., sped across the country to be there for the birth of their son.
Ravago and Bone have been trying to have a child for years without success. According to a Mayo news release, the pair were connected with surrogate mother Alyssa Johnson of Eau Claire over a year ago, which paved the way for their son Sterling’s arrival.
Born at 7 pounds and 20½ inches, baby Sterling was born at 8:43 a.m. via cesarean section. The baby arrived 20 days before his due date after high blood pressure concerns sent Johnson into an early delivery.