Posted by Divya Sathyanarayanan

When Leonel Gonzalez entered the world at CHA HPMC on Jan. 1 at 12.23 a.m., he claimed the title of CHA HPMC’s first baby of the decade. He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces at birth. Proud parents Brenda Gonzalez and Migel Ortiz had no inkling that their little one might earn such a title. “We were expecting to welcome him on December 31. But everything became more special when he came into this world on New Year’s Day,” says Brenda. “He is a perfect gift for us.”

UNICEF had estimated that over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day and Leonel was one of them.1 “The moment Leonel was born, the doctor and nurses in the delivery room started clapping. They were in a festive mood and congratulated us for having a New Year baby,” remembers Brenda. As she was wheeled from her delivery to recovery room, the hospital staff cheered. Both parents were excited that Leonel was the first born child at CHA HPMC in 2020.

Leonel is the second baby for Brenda and Migel and they chose CHA HPMC to deliver both their babies. “The maternity tour helped us understand the hospital and its facilities better,” she says. Even as a second time mother, Brenda was nervous about giving birth to little Leonel. “After my first delivery, the baby was admitted to the NICU for expert care. CHA HPMC partners with CHLA physicians for care to tiny patients. As a parent, it is relieving to know that your baby is in the hands of renowned neonatologists and expert staff trained to handle complex delivery cases. This gave me confidence to deliver my second child here as I know that the hospital is well equipped to take care of my baby,” she says. Post the delivery, the nurses helped Brenda in taking care of the baby and also offered a lactation consultant to help with breastfeeding.

Overall, Brenda feels she had the best delivery experience at CHA HPMC.

1UNICEF. New Year’s babies: Over 392,000 children will be born worldwide on New Year’s Day. Retrieved from
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