Just in time: first baby of 2022 born at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital


“She’s amazing, beautiful, and I’m a little surprised, being born (Tuesday), that we were the first of the year in the hospital,” said Jessica Sutherlin, Grass Valley resident. Her daughter, Millie, was the first baby born at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in 2022.
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“She’s just amazing,” Grass Valley resident Jessica Sutherlin said of her newborn daughter, Millie.

Millie was born at 5:21 a.m. Tuesday, making her the first baby born at Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in the New Year. The family received a Radio Flyer wagon, courtesy of B&C Ace Hardware, filled with supplies primarily provided by the hospital’s “Share the Spirit” program., employees and auxiliary gift shop.

“She’s amazing, beautiful, and I’m a little surprised, being born (Tuesday), that we’re the first of the year in the hospital,” Sutherlin said.

According to Dawn Schultz, director of the hospital’s Family Birth Center, it’s “super late and super rare” for the first baby of the year to be born on January 4, and a baby is usually born there on the first day of the year.

Schultz noted Thursday that after being empty for three days, the Family Birth Center had since become “completely crowded” later in the week. This fluctuation occurs from time to time during labor and delivery, she said.

“We are delighted to finally celebrate our first baby,” said Schultz.

“Congratulations to mom and dad Jessica and Matthew Sutherlin on the birth of their daughter, Millie,” a Dignity Health spokesperson wrote in an email Thursday. “Millie decided to avoid all the hype of being born on New Years Day and the worst of the recent storm and arrived on January 4th instead.”

Jessica Sutherlin said Millie’s due date is January 1.

“We were blown away,” Sutherlin said, of the Radio Flyer wagon and its contents, which she said included items such as diapers, baby clothes and safety supplies, adding that the wagon gave her – even will also be fun.

According to Schultz, the car and supplies are worth around $ 700. Over the past few years, she said, staff have helped fill the wagon with goodies, but the “Share the Spirit” program has donated $ 300 this year, in addition to the store’s contributions. auxiliary gifts.

“We just got home, and we’re just going to figure out what’s next, but just super grateful, that sounds like a ton of support from the community,” Sutherlin said Thursday, adding that she had received “the best care “in the hospital.

“And I just feel inundated with love from the community right now, so we’re really grateful.”

Sutherlin, who grew up in the Sacramento area, moved to western Nevada County in 2016. She said her parents retired in the area and has since made it her home.

“And now my daughter is going to be born and grow up here,” Sutherlin said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

“So far, she’s been pretty laid back. She looks pretty cool, ”she said, of Millie’s personality so far. “She loves to be held, and she’s starting to make some pretty cute little noises, and she’s just awesome – definitely a blessing.”

Victoria Penate is a writer for The Union. She can be reached at [email protected]


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