Bassett Healthcare Network’s Birthing Center in Cooperstown welcomed four Leap Day babies on February 29. Caregivers and families celebrated at Bassett Medical Center during the special occasion – the chances of being born on Leap Day are just one in 1,461.

The first baby, Savvy, a little girl, was born at 10:55 a.m. Savvy was born 10 days late to parents Garrett and Mallory Coffman of Clinton. Their little girl weighs 7 pounds, 1 ounce and is 19 ¾ inches long. Savvy has three siblings at home.

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

Mallory says 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.

Their little girl weighed in at six pounds,13 ounces and is 19 inches long. Raegan will celebrate her birthday on February 28 between Leap Year dates.

The third baby, a girl, Blake Elise Merritt, was born at 10:40 p.m. Blake was born more than 2.5 weeks early to parents Samantha and Benjamin Merritt of Mohawk.

Their little girl weighs seven pounds, 7.9 ounces and is 19.5 inches long. Blake has three siblings.

Blake’s parents say 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.

A fourth baby, a boy, was born as well. Though his photo and details are not available at this time, his parents were also excited to welcome a son into the world. Having been born a couple of weeks earlier than expected, they were pleasantly surprised to have the distinction of a Leap Day birthday.


Congratulations to all four families on the arrival of their Leap Day babies at Bassett’s Birthing Center!