Four Leap Day babies born at Bassett birthing center

Mar. 6—Bassett Healthcare Network's Birthing Center in Cooperstown welcomed four Leap Day babies on February 29. The chances of being born on Leap Day are just one in 1,461, according to a Bassett media release.

The first baby, Savvy, a girl, was born at 10:55 a.m. She was born 10 days late to parents Garrett and Mallory Coffman of Clinton. Savvy weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and is 19 3/4 inches long. She has three siblings at home.

"Good things come to those who wait," Mallory Coffman said. "Savvy took her time, but we are so blessed and beyond ecstatic to welcome her to our family."

Mallory said Savvy will celebrate her birthday on March 1 between Leap Year dates.

The second baby girl, Raegan Chapman, was born at 1:53 pm. Raegan was born one day late to parents Ashley Chapman and Cody Burkle of St. Johnsville, weighing in at six pounds, 13 ounces, and is 19 inches long. She will celebrate her birthday on February 28 between Leap Year dates, the release said.

The third baby, a girl, Blake Elise Merritt, was born at 10:40 p.m. Blake was born more than 2 1/2 weeks early to parents Samantha and Benjamin Merritt of Mohawk.

She weighed seven pounds, 7.9 ounces and is 19.5 inches long. She has three siblings.

Blake's parents said she will celebrate her birthday on March 1 or whatever date is closest to a weekend between Leap Year dates, with a big party every Leap Day, according to the release

A fourth baby, a boy, was born at the birthing center, as well. Details were not provided, except that the birth was "a couple of weeks earlier than expected."