Axel arrived just in time to become the first baby born at the BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s & Women’s Hospital Long Beach in 2017. Coming into the world at 12:30 a.m., he is the first child of Jessica Hess and Andrew Yoshida, residents of Long Beach. Axel was born after nearly 12 hours of labor and weighed 6 pounds 4 ounces, and was 19.5 inches long.
“We’re so blessed to have a healthy baby boy and it is just that much more special to bring in the New Year with new life,” said Jessica and Andrew. “It’s an extra blessing.”
In celebration of having the city’s first baby of the year, Jessica and Andrew 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.
The BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s offers compassionate quality health care for expectant mothers. The Center offers a comprehensive program of research, treatment, educational resources, family classes and individual and family support programs. It also has spacious state-of-the-art private birthing suites and a postpartum unit.
For high-risk pregnancies, the BirthCare Center offers a Perinatal Special Care Unit with a leading high-risk perinatal program providing constant monitoring of mother and baby, while the baby grows as much as possible in the stable environment of the womb. 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 BirthCare Center at Miller Children’s to safely deliver their babies every year.