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First Babies of 2016

On Friday, January 1st at 5:49 in the morning the Obstetrics Unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital (MMH) delivered its first ‘New Years Baby,’ and for the third year in a row it was a boy. Matthew Stanley Thomas Wayne Foreman was born 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 12 ounces to his mother, Katoyia Roark, and father Aaron Foreman. In honor of the first birth of the New Year, the hospital was pleased to provide the parents with a gift package that included a car seat, a stroller, a playpen and many other essential items like diapers, wipes, outfits, drying mat, blankets etc. worth $500.  

Accompanying Matthew in being born on New Years Day were three other babies. At 8:11am, a girl named Natalie Haven Smith was born to Brandi Rogers and Nathan Smith. She was 18 inches long and weighed 6 pounds 6 ounces. At 2:44pm, a boy named Carter Mark Coleman McClurg was born to Brittany Valois and Charles McClurg. He was 20 inches long and weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces. The final baby born on New Years was a girl; Brianna Elizabeth Sandlin. She was born to her mother, Jessica Davidson, at 19 inches long weighing 5 pounds 9 ounces.

Manchester Memorial Hospital is committed to helping families have the best experience possible when delivering their newest member. In that regard, parents are provided with the opportunity to attend childbirth classes throughout their pregnancy. By attending the classes and delivering at MMH, families participating in the classes receive a new car seat and a keepsake plate, along with several other gifts.

The Hospital’s Obstetrics Unit also provides massage therapy to mothers upon admission. Professional photography for new babies is available, as well as a trained lactation consultant on staff. “With our well trained staff and experienced nurses, childbirth educators and lactation consultants, we seek to provide a family-centered delivery in a safe, comfortable environment,” said Erika Skula, CEO.

Congratulations to these four families on the births of their children!


*published in the Manchester Enterprise