La Crosse area sees first baby of the year

As many people in the area were ringing in the new year with fireworks and Champagne, an area woman was in labor.

Ashley Gingraso spent over 14 and 1/2 hours in labor before giving birth to Antonia Hope at 12:07 a.m. Sunday at Mayo Health System in La Crosse.

Ashley says she had no idea Antonia was a New Year’s Day baby.

“I don’t even know if we realized like how close it was at that point. I’m sure everyone else did in the room but not me. I had no idea,” she said.

Antonia is named after Ashley’s grandmother.