Meet the first 2021 babies born in Long Beach

Weighing 6 pounds 13 ounces and measuring 19 inches long, the first 2021 baby born at the MemorialCare Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach was delivered at 4 a.m. on Jan. 1, hospital officials said.

First-time parents Matthew and Kimmie of Huntington Beach named their baby boy Jacob, according to hospital spokeperson Cayla Wahl.

“While 2020 was a tough year for everyone, we did have some exciting things happen,” Kimmie said. “We got engaged, got married, bought a house and found out we were pregnant. Jacob was born 3.5 weeks early, but meeting him was a great way to start 2021.”

Photo of baby Jacob. Courtesy photo of MemorialCare.

Matthew and Kimmie received a special “First Baby Basket” — stuffed with onesies, booties, newborn clothing, receiving blankets, diapers and gifts for the new parents from the hospital too.

Later that day, first-time mother Jennifer Catalan of Harbor City gave birth to another New Year’s Day baby at the St. Mary Medical Center, according to spokesperson Lysa Barry.

Catalan’s baby girl, Ainhoa, was born at 3:15 p.m. and weighed 7 pounds and 8 ounces.

“I’m thankful for all the staff who helped in my delivery and happy that I delivered here,” the mother said through the hospital spokesperson.


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