First baby of 2018 born at Hemet Valley Medical Center

Mother Karen Morales bonds with her daughter, Karen Alexandra, who is the first baby of the new year born at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Courtesy photo

HEMET – On Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, the nurses and staff of the Family Birthing Center at Hemet Valley Medical Center welcomed into the world, little baby girl Karen Alexandra Morales, the first baby born in 2018 at Hemet Valley Medical Center. Little Karen Alexandra entered the world 2:09 p.m., Jan. 1, 2018, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

Proud mom Karen Morales was holding baby Karen as nurses Cody, Lina, Shelly and Erin presented her and her first child with a handmade diaper cake which was created and decorated with baby items by the staff in the obstetrics unit at Hemet Valley Medical Center.

Hemet Valley Medical Center obstetrics nurses also presented mother and daughter with a large gift basket filled with many baby items, including a new baby and toddler car seat, Pack and Play yard and a baby bath seat with bath supplies. Among other items in the basket presented to mother and baby were diapers, baby wipes, baby toys, gift cards and many other useful items for newborns. Baby hats and blankets were handmade by some of the Hemet volunteers, and the nursery nurse also provided a gift for the basket.

The second baby of 2018 also received a baby and toddler car seat and gift cards. Daniela Serna gave birth to her baby boy Aaron, 10:03 p.m. Jan. 2. He weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

Hemet Target, Hemet Sears, Hemet and San Jacinto Walmarts and Hemet Valley Medical Center employees and administration contributed the gifts, cash, gift cards and car seats.

Nurses Cody, Lina, Shelly and Erin present Karen Morales and her newborn daughter, Karen Alexandra, with gifts as grandmother Esperanza watches with pride. Courtesy photo

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