CONCORD -- As a mother herself, Emily Strehle, DO of AFA obstetrics and gynecology, typically spends Mother's Day with 4-year-old Fiona and 2-year-old Dylan. This year, however, the Wayland resident assisted two first-time mothers in delivering their newborns at Emerson Hospital.

"They were both strong and powerful women who had wonderful families supporting them," said Strehle. She said this was her first such experience on Mother's Day in the three years that she has worked at Emerson.

At 1:45 a.m., Cassandra Hartwell, of Bolton, gave birth to Lillian Faith, at 7 pounds, 7 ounces and 20 inches. Hartwell said her daughter is the latest in a long line of Hartwells born at Emerson, including all three siblings in her family as well as their father. She especially enjoyed the private room with a secondary bed on which her mother, Debbie Hartwell, of Lancaster, spent the night.

"She's gorgeous and so content, and just very sweet," Hartwell said of her daughter. "It's a gift to myself as a new mom, to my mother as a new grandmother and to my grandmother as a first-time great-grandmother. This is a blessing we'll always remember."

At 4:18 a.m., John Pellegrino Tucker was born to Diana Badolato and Brad Tucker of Harvard. Their son was 7 pounds, 1 and a half ounces and 21 and a half inches long.

Badolato, whose due date was May 12, arrived at the hospital in the early morning hours the day before Mother's Day, only to be sent home when her contractions slowed.


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She returned around 8 p.m. to Emerson, where she has long come for routine care.

Before she went into labor, Badolato had planned to enjoy Mother's Day brunch with her mother and grandmother. Instead, the three generations spent the day at Emerson, admiring the newest member of their family who Badolato said is "doing just great."

"Not everybody can say they get a gift like this on Mother's Day," she added.