Crowley family baby box

A bentwood baby box for the Crowley family is filled with gifts and necessities for a newborn on Tuesday at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center. Staff photo by Dustin Safranek

Ryleigh Crowley may call Wrangell home, but she will always be linked to Ketchikan as the first baby born in 2022 at PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

Ryleigh Rowan Crowley was born at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday to parents Tawney Crowley and Issabella Crowley, both residents of Wrangell.

The Crowleys came to Ketchikan for the birth, as labor and delivery services are not being offered in Wrangell, Tawney Crowley told the Daily News during a Tuesday afternoon phone call.

At her birth, Ryleigh weighed in at 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and measured 20 inches long, Issabella Crowley said.

Ryleigh Crowley's grandparents are Kim and Mike Lane, Tony Flores, and Sheri and Jennifer Ridgeway.

About welcoming the couple's first child into their family, she said, "it's overwhelming, but we're getting used to it."

The first order of business once the little family returns to Wrangell — a trip tentatively planned for this weekend — is "just getting her home and comfortable."

Tawney Crowley, who gave birth to Ryleigh early on Tuesday morning, praised KMC's staff.

"They don't birth babies in Wrangell anymore, and we had the choice to come to Ketchikan," she said. "I just ... want to brag on the hospital and give them a really big thank you, because this was our first baby and it was definitely a really wonderful experience because of the people here at the hospital, like the nurses and the doctors and stuff."

As is customary, the Crowleys received a basket laden with gifts largely donated from caregivers, according to KMC Communications Specialist Kate Govaars. Issabella Crowley said the basket contained goodies for the parents, and toys, swaddles and clothing for baby Ryleigh.

Govaars told the Daily News on Tuesday that a total of 160 babies were born at KMC in 2021.