Generations born at Moses-Ludington Hospital

TICONDEROGA - Becky DiBernardo Ryder doesn't remember it, but she was a local celebrity 25 years ago.

Becky was born Jan. 1, 1984 - making her one of the few New Year's Day babies ever born at Moses-Ludington Hospital in Ticonderoga.

"It was a big deal," recalled Carol Johnson, a long-time MLH employee. "It was very unusual."

And it will remain that way. MLH stopped delivering babies two decades ago.

When she was born, Becky was presented with a set of infant pajamas reading, "I Got My Start at Moses-Ludington." Her photo was on the front page of the Times of Ti.

Becky and her family visited Moses-Ludington last week to mark her 25th birthday.

The birth was a bit of a surprise to Becky's mother, Korinna Rockwell of Hague.

"She came early," Korinna recalled. "Her due date was Jan. 6, but she wasn't going to wait."

Becky's father, Mark DiBernardo, was working at the International Paper Co. mill in Ti at the time.

"He said he didn't care when the baby was born, as long as it wasn't while he was working 11-7," Korinna said. "She was born at 10 minutes before 7."

Mark DiBernardo now lives in Colonie with Becky's stepmother, Susan.

Becky is actually the last in a series of family members born at MLH.

Korinna was born at the Ti hospital Dec. 15, 1963, to Gladys Jordon and Vernie Rockwell of Hague.

Gladys was born at MLH Dec. 22, 1943, to Inza and the late Ernest Jordon of Hague.

Inza was born at a private home in Ticonderoga.

"But it was just down the street," Inza remembered. "You could see the hospital from the house."

Becky appreciates being a New Year's baby.

"I celebrate my birthday for an entire week," said Becky, who is now a teacher in East Greenbush. "I start on Christmas and don't stop until New Year's. I get Christmas presents and birth day presents. It's great."

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