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Heinzens welcome Rochester's first baby of the year

Although Elizabeth Heinzen arrived a couple weeks early, her mom, Haley, had an inclination the pregnancy had run its course.

Ethan and Haley Heinzen with their newborn, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Heinzen was born at 3:41 a.m. New Year's Day at Mayo Clinic.
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The first baby born at Mayo Clinic in 2022 was a couple weeks early.

However, Haley Heinzen, a former labor and delivery nurse, had a feeling something was probably going to happen over the weekend. She was right and would give birth to a healthy baby girl less than four hours into the new year.

“It was either her feminine genius or the OB-GYN nurse in her,” said Ethan Heinzen, her husband and the father of their baby. “It was one of the two.”

Elizabeth Heinzen was born at 3:41 a.m. New Year’s Day. She is named after St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, who died at age 26 in 1906 and was canonized in 2016.

Ethan said they didn’t necessarily expect to have the first baby of the new year, though he did say he did some rough math when they learned Haley was pregnant.


“My first math was to see if we could fit the baby in the current tax year," he said. “We missed that by about three hours and 41 minutes.”

The infant is the couple’s second child since they married in 2018. Her 2-year-old sister, Sarah, is excited about having a younger sister, if a bit unsure about how her family will change, Ethan said.

Elizabeth offers their older daughter a future playmate, Ethan said.

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“Especially with COVID, everybody needs that a little more,” he said.

Ethan and Haley met in 2015 after they moved to Rochester. Ethan came from the Twin Cities area for a job opportunity at Mayo Clinic. Haley moved to the area from South Dakota for the same reason. Lately, she has been able to stay home with Sarah.

Haley, with an inclination that her pregnancy had run its course, had her mom, who lives in Sioux Falls, S.D., visit and stay with them over the weekend. Grandma was a happy, willing (and present) baby sitter when the couple left for Mayo Clinic at about 12:30 a.m.

Mom and infant are healthy and resting at home.

“Everybody is trying to catch up on sleep today,” Ethan said.

John Molseed joined the Post Bulletin in 2018. He covers arts, culture, entertainment, nature and other fun stories he's surprised he gets paid to cover. When he's not writing articles about Southeast Minnesota artists and musicians, he's either picking banjo, brewing beer, biking or looking for other hobbies that begin with the letter "b." Readers can reach John at 507-285-7713 or
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