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Alton woman gives birth to first baby of 2014

JASON WHITE The Telegraph

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ALTON — The New Year symbolized change in more ways than one for Jamesha Wheeler, 19, of Alton.


Wheeler gave birth to a girl, Journi Vaughn, at 7:36 a.m. Wednesday at Alton Memorial Hospital. Journi’s father is Justin Vaughn Sr. On the mother’s side, the grandparents are James Wheeler and Tisha Davis; on the father’s side, the grandmother is Patricia Stewart.


Wheeler said she had contractions all day Tuesday and ended up at the hospital at 10 p.m.


“The contractions were horrible; the labor was easy,” Wheeler said.


Journi is Wheeler’s first child. She said she had a good experience at Alton Memorial.


“It was great,” she said. “I had really good nurses. They were understanding because I wasn’t the nicest person.”


She named her daughter Journi to reflect her experience during pregnancy.


“There’s a lot of ups and downs; it’s like a roller coaster, a lot of mood swings,” she said.


Having her child on New Year’s Day gave the holiday added significance.


“It’s a new beginning,” she said.


jwhite@civitasmedia.com

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