The first baby born at Drew Memorial Health System’s new labor and delivery wing arrived on Monday, June 4 at 12:43 p.m., just 10 days after the grand opening of the new facility.
Jhett Liam, the son of Shelby O’Fallon of Monticello, was delivered by Dr. Julia Nicholson. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 22 inches long.
O’Fallon received a basket of gifts and essentials donated by Drew Memorial and its Auxiliary-operated gift shop. Mellie Jo Owen, a volunteer in the gift shop, presented O’Fallon with an overstuffed gift basket that dwarfed the baby in size. It contained a door hanger, diapers, wipes, bath soap, lotions, a book, toys, and several boutique baby outfits from the newly-renovated gift shop.
Auxiliary volunteers manage the gift shop, and volunteer countless hours throughout the hospital each year. The volunteers especially enjoy when they can help patients celebrate new arrivals.
O’Fallon is no stranger to being the mother of a celebrated newborn. Her first child, son River Jakob, was Drew Memorial’s first baby of the New Year in 2017.
Drew Memorial’s OB staff recently moved into the new labor and delivery wing which more than doubled the size of delivery rooms and tripled the size of the nursery.
The excitement of welcoming the first baby into the new area has been a topic of conversation among staff.
“Our nurses and doctors have been looking forward to using the new area for a long time,” said Kristen Smith, RN BSN, director of OB. “We were very excited to finally meet the first baby born in the new space. I know lots of new moms have been anxious for the wing to open up, and we are happy to already have several babies benefiting from the upgrades available now that we are in the new Olivia Faith Beebe Nursery.”