Chillicothe couple welcomes Adena’s first baby of 2023
OH (January 2, 2023) –
Across much of Ohio as New Year’s Day began, multitudes of Ohio State
University Buckeye fans found themselves glued to a pair of televisions or a
split screen showing two notable events happening simultaneously.
the ball in New York’s Times Square lowering toward the start of 2023, while
the other was of Ohio State attempting what had the potential to be a
game-winning field goal in a college football national semifinal game.
residents Sierra Newland and Paul Hammond, however, the flipping of the
calendar to January 1 was spent at Adena Regional Medical Center on something
of much greater impact for their family -- preparing to welcome their first
child. At 9:44 a.m. New Year’s Day, that wait ended as their daughter, Penelope
Jean, became Adena Health System’s first baby of 2023.
“It went really
great,” Sierra said of her labor and delivery experience at Adena. “Everyone
was very responsive to my needs and super nice. I was really grateful for
addition to the family entered the world at 7 pounds, 4 ounces and was 20
inches long. Penelope, Sierra said, was one of the names that both she and Paul
could agree upon, while Jean was selected as a middle name because it was the
middle name of their baby’s late great-grandmother.
Sierra said the
positive labor and delivery experience was an extension of what had been a
pretty smooth pregnancy. As she neared Penelope’s due date, she said she wasn’t
really anticipating what the birth would be like, taking the approach “that
she’ll be here when she’ll be here.”
Her advice for
other first-time mothers-to-be is a bit of a reflection of that approach.
“Just stay calm
and trust what your body tells you,” she said.
The first day
of Penelope’s life was spent with her parents and both sets of grandparents in
the hospital. Looking ahead to their return home, Sierra said her immediate
plans are relatively simple.
looking forward to spending time with her and having everyone else meet her,”
she said. “It really hasn’t quite sunk in yet.”
As it does each
year, the Adena Women’s Board provided a gift basket for the first baby of the
new year born as the result of spontaneous labor that was not induced or