It’s a girl!
The first baby born to the region this year was Skylar Eliza Allen, who entered the world at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center at 3:28 a.m. on New Year’s Day.
Born to Aliso Viejo parents Kanita and Terry Allen, she weighed in at 7 lbs. 8 oz and measures 19.02 inches.
The most recent addition to the Allen family, Skylar joins sister Kyla Allen, age 7, and brother Ryder Allen, age 5, who were also born at The Women’s Hospital at Saddleback Memorial.
“Delivering our first baby of the New Year is always an exciting event for our hospital, and Skylar’s arrival is especially thrilling because she is the first birth of our 25th anniversary year,” said Steve Geidt, Saddleback Memorial’s CEO.
According to hospital officials, the Women's Hospital at Saddleback Memorial was founded in 1988 to provide obstetrics and maternity services to the growing community in South Orange County. Since its opening, more than 50,000 babies have been born at the facility.
In marking the anniversary, Saddleback officials tout the women’s hospital’s pioneering efforts to offer the area’s first Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and to have perinatologists and anesthesiologists available 24 hours a day for mothers who were giving birth.
“Our goal in designing The Women’s Hospital was to create the perfect place to have a baby,” said Geidt. “Because we started from the ground up in our planning, we were able to incorporate many new features that are still distinctive to our hospital, and to design the facility and our programs so that the experience of giving birth is all about the mothers, the babies, and their families.”
Over the years, the hospital’s staff has gained experience in the delivery of multiple births – twins, triplets, quadruplets and quintuplets.
In 2013, the Women’s Hospital will continue to celebrate its 25th anniversary with special events and programs and a theme of “Special Deliveries. Every Day. For 25 Years.” Anniversary events will be held around the actual date that the hospital opened, in early May.
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