2021 New Year’s Baby Arrives on New Year’s Day at Brookings Health

Brookings, S.D. – Jan. 4, 2020 – Philippa Taylor Escondrillas Smith arrived at 6:06 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2021, making her the first baby of the New Year born at Brookings Health System.

Philippa is the daughter of Macarena Escondrillas and Taylor Smith of Brookings, S.D. She weighed eight pounds and one ounce and measured 19.5 inches long. Mother and baby are both doing well. 

The New Year’s Baby and her parents received a variety of toys, baby products, and, gift certificates of cash and services from local businesses and organizations. Contributors to the New Year’s Baby gift basket include: 

  • Bel Brands
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Brookings Engraving
  • Brookings Health System Gift Shop
  • Century 21 – Shane Andersen
  • Dakota Bank
  • 1481 Grille
  • Image Studio
  • Prairie Perk Up Coffee Shop
  • Powershop Gym, Inc.
  • Salvation Army
  • SDSU Alumni Association
  • Winks
  • Wooden Legs
  • United Way


January 4, 2021