First baby of 2019 for MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach delivered at stroke of midnight • Long Beach Post

Mika arrived just in time to become the first baby born in Long Beach at the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach in 2019. Coming into the world at 12:00 a.m., he joins big brother Tuilati (2) as the second child of Tanumafili and Neriflorence, residents of Long Beach, Calif.

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“It was exciting to have all of the nurses around us cheering for us to deliver at midnight,” said Neriflorence Seanoa. “It is truly a blessing to receive this great gift for the new year.”

In celebration of having the hospital’s first baby of the year, Tanumafili and Neliflorence received a special “First Baby Basket” — stuffed with onesies, booties, newborn clothing, receiving blankets, diapers and gifts for the new parents — from the care team at Miller Children’s & Women’s.

The Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s offers compassionate, quality health care for expectant mothers. A multi-disciplinary team offers a comprehensive program of research, treatment, educational resources, family classes and individual and family support programs.

In 2018, Miller Children’s & Women’s became a Baby-Friendly birth facility. The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

For high-risk pregnancies, the Cherese Mari Laulhere BirthCare Center offers a Perinatal Special Care Unit with a leading high-risk perinatal program providing constant monitoring of mother and baby. The high-risk program is designed to ensure a safe delivery and smooth transition to the level III (tertiary) Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – keeping mom and baby together under one roof. With exceptional programs, expert care teams and high-quality care, nearly 6,000 families trust the Miller Children’s & Women’s to safely deliver their babies every year.

Mika was born right on his due date, after just over 7 hours of labor and weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz., and was 21 inches long.

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