SEATTLE, Jan. 5, 2010 -- Swedish's first baby of the New Year -- and the first baby born in the medical center's centennial year -- was born at 6:41 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2010. Grace Weber (pictured right) made her early morning arrival at Swedish's First Hill Campus, weighing in at 6 pounds, 15.6 ounces and 18.5 inches long.
Having their first baby so early in the new year was an unexpected blessing, according to Grace's parents, Courtney and Dave Weber of West Seattle.
Swedish Ballard's first baby of the new year was born Jan. 2 at 12:21 a.m. Henry Alvin Ramirez, pictured above – who weighed in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and a little over 20 inches long – was delivered by a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) and welcomed by first-time parents Mary and Dan Ramirez of Seattle's Crown Hill neighborhood.
Recognizing the first New Year baby at each campus is an annual tradition at Swedish, but it is even more special this year since 2010 represents the medical center's 100th anniversary.
Swedish was founded in 1910 by Dr. Nils Johanson, a Swedish immigrant, surgeon and the father of Kitty Nordstrom. In a memoir about her father, Kitty recalled the first baby born at Swedish in 1910. Being one of the few to have a car at the time, her father picked up a laboring mother on Queen Anne Hill and drove her to Swedish to deliver the baby.
Since then, more than 200,000 babies have been born at Swedish. In fact, more babies are born at Swedish each year than at any other medical center in Washington state. There were more than 7,400 born between Swedish's First Hill and Ballard campuses in 2009. Swedish also has a top-notch Perinatal Medicine Clinic and one of just a handful of Level-III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Washington state.
For having the first babies of Swedish's centennial year, the Webers and Ramirezs each received a newborn gift basket from the Swedish Auxiliary, a baby receiving blanket from Swaddle Designs, and a manicure-pedicure set from ButterLondon. Swaddle Designs – a Seattle-based company founded by a labor and delivery nurse – donated 40 blankets to Swedish so that each baby born on New Year's day at the medical center was able to receive one. ButterLondon is a Seattle-based nail salon chain and nail beauty products company.
In addition, Grace and Henry – along with every baby born at the First Hill or Ballard campus throughout 2010 – will receive a souvenir ‘I'm a Swedish Baby' one-piece.
The Webers praised their OB/GYN Emily Norland, M.D., and the nursing staff at Swedish. "We really like Swedish. Everyone was very helpful and the room was great," said Courtney Weber.
"We knew we wanted a natural childbirth, but also wanted the security of being at a hospital. After meeting with the Certified Nurse Midwives at Swedish/Ballard, we realized their philosophy on childbirth matched ours perfectly. In addition, we went through the medical center's CenteringPregnancy program and wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone, especially first-time parents," said Mary Ramirez. "We would like to extend special thanks to CNM Maggie Bolton and the nurses on hand during the birth. They were incredible as they guided us through the miracle of birth."
Swedish's centennial celebration will officially launch in March of 2010. Stay tuned for more details.
Swedish is the largest, most comprehensive, nonprofit health-care provider in the Greater Seattle area. It is comprised of three hospital campuses (First Hill, Cherry Hill and Ballard), a freestanding emergency department and specialty center in Issaquah, Swedish Visiting Nurse Services and Swedish Physicians – a network of 14 primary-care clinics. In addition to general medical and surgical care, Swedish is known as a regional referral center, providing specialized treatment in areas such as neuroscience, cardiovascular care, oncology, orthopedics, high-risk obstetrics, pediatrics, organ transplantation and clinical research. For more information, visit www.swedish.org.
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