NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County Welcomes First Baby of 2018

Jan 03, 2018

Brooklyn, NY

Emani Andrea Mason

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County welcomed its first baby of 2018 at 4:55 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Weighing in at 6 lbs. 15 oz. and measuring 20 inches, baby girl Emani Andrea Mason was born to Alicia Gonzalez of New Jersey and Darrick Mason of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

“I hope all of her dreams come true,” said Ms. Gonzalez.

“Every child born here is a blessing, yet there is something remarkable about knowing a new baby can also herald a new year,” said Wendy Wilcox, MD, MPH, FACOG, Chairperson of Obstetrics/Gynecology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.”

Ms. Gonzalez was presented with a gift basket crafted by staff, a signature NYC Health + Hospitals baby bag along with a Pack & Play from the NYC Safe Sleep initiative. Emani was the first of five born on New Year’s Day at NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County.

At NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, 1,987 babies were born in 2017, including 35 sets of twins and one set of triplets.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County provides comprehensive obstetrical services, staffed 24/7 by board-certified obstetricians. Its Labor & Delivery unit features 24-hour anesthesia coverage and midwifery care. Nursing staff is specially credentialed in obstetrical care.

NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is one of the largest providers of maternal and child health care in Brooklyn. The hospital completed a state-of-the-art $450 million capital renovation project in 2009. This includes eight modernized labor and delivery suites, a 30-bed postpartum unit, and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County offers family-centered care in a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, which includes 24-hour rooming-in for newborns and an array of education classes, including breastfeeding, to support expectant mothers.


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