Special delivery! Fountain Valley Regional Welcomes First Baby Born on New Years Day



At 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, with most New Year’s revelers already fast asleep, baby Sara Rose took her first breath at the Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, becoming the facility’s first baby in 2022.

The daughter of Patricia Santos-Sibrian and Jorge Vialla, from Santa Ana, Sara was born following an unplanned cesarean delivery on New Years Day, weighing even 7 pounds.

Santos-Sibrian, 38, confirmed on Monday that the new baby was her sixth – the older children are between 23 and 2 years old – and her third childbirth in Fountain Valley Regional. While the routine might have been familiar, Sara’s birth was somewhat unique.

For example, while previous deliveries have gone quickly, the most recent delivery has taken some time. The couple arrived at the hospital on Wednesday and had no idea the work would continue the following calendar year.

Baby Sara Rose was born at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, making her the first baby to be born at the facility in 2022.

(Courtesy of Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center)

When it was time for the Cesarean to take place, Santos-Sibrian – and baby Sara – were in good hands. Nurse Dorothy Wilson, who has worked at Fountain Valley Hospital since 1971, assisted with the delivery and helped deliver so many babies that she lost count.

“For a long time, we had 3,000 babies a year for a few years,” said Wilson, who started nursery in 1982 and works as a neonatal specialist. “I wouldn’t even know where to start to add it up.”

Despite the breadth of her experience, Wilson said on Monday that the first baby of the New Year is always a special occasion.

“We are still interested in who will be the New Year’s baby,” she added. “This baby, I think, is always very special no matter who it is.”

To mark the occasion, reigning Miss Fountain Valley Maaikee Pronda came to the hospital, fresh from a 10K run on New Years Day, with a gift basket assembled by scholarship program volunteers. of Miss Fountain Valley Studies.

Although Sara’s birth was early in the morning, there was only an hour left of the county’s first recorded birth, which Fountain Valley Regional spokesperson Jennifer Bayer said took place in Orange Coast. Memorial around 2:20 a.m. Saturday.

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