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Media Contact: Tina Sheesley

Published on January 01, 2017

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center Welcomes Its First Baby of 2017

Baby Girl Born at 12:15 a.m. New Year's Day

Shady Grove Medical Center Welcomes Its First Baby of 2017

Rockville, Md. – The ringing in of a new year brought a new addition for a Rockville, Md., family at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. The hospital’s Birth Center welcomed its first baby of 2017 at 12:15 a.m. on Jan. 1, a girl weighing 6 lbs. 13 oz. Both mom and baby are resting and doing well.

The baby is among the first born in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area in 2017.

“We are delighted to celebrate Shady Grove Medical Center’s first baby of 2017,” said Kathy Dallas, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services. “We look forward to welcoming many more babies to our Shady Grove family this year.”

As the first baby born at Shady Grove in 2017, the New Year’s baby and her parents will receive a special gift from the hospital – a large basket of gifts filled with toys, books, clothing and many other baby essentials.

Shady Grove Medical Center delivers approximately 5,000 babies each year. For babies who need specialized care when they arrive, Shady Grove has a Level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), one of the highest possible ratings attainable. Shady Grove was the first hospital in Maryland to achieve Baby-Friendly designation through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for breastfeeding education and support. The Birth Center is staffed with all board-certified lactation consultants, an achievement awarded with the first International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) Care Award in Maryland. The hospital also has the area’s first and only birth advisor – a professional nurse who provides free counseling and birth planning services for parents-to-be.

Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center, a not-for-profit, 290-bed acute care facility in Rockville, Md., is part of Adventist HealthCare’s system of healthcare services. Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is nationally recognized in cancer care, cardiac and vascular services, as well as orthopedics and joint replacement. The facility is the first in the state and one of only a few hundred in the country to hold an international designation for breastfeeding and maternity care. Our mission is to extend God’s care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing.

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