Calaveras records first baby of 2014


By Mike Morris / The Union Democrat

It may be two months into the year already, but Calaveras County this week recorded its first birth of 2014.

Unlike Tuolumne County, there is no birthing center in Calaveras County. Pregnant women typically deliver their babies at hospitals in Sonora or Jackson.

However, when there's a home birth - such as earlier this month with Roy Vernon James Wicke - the parents must bring themselves and the baby into the county clerk-recorder's office to fill out necessary paperwork and get a birth certificate.

Proud parents Brendan and Aleyna Wicke brought Roy in Wednesday to register his Feb. 1 birth at their San Andreas home.

Roy joins four siblings, ranging in age from 2 to 8.

"We knew we wanted a big, bustling family from the beginning," Brendan Wicke said.

Brendan, 31, is a locksmith, while Aleyna, 33, teaches the children at home. She also runs the choir at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Angels Camp and sings monthly at St. Andrew's Catholic Parish in San Andreas.

Roy will be baptized along with his cousin Saturday in Stockton.

The first baby of the year in Tuolumne County, Claire Ruth Julie Williams, was born Jan. 2 at Sonora Regional Medical Center.

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