LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) celebrates the first baby born each year. This year that honor goes to Isabelle Marie Rodriguez, who was born at 12:43 a.m. on January 1, 2014. She weighs 7 pounds and is 19 inches long.
Proud parents Cristal Perez and Jonathan Rodriguez are excited to bring Isabelle home to meet her two sisters and three brothers. Jonathan Rodriguez smiled and noted that they have “a lot of help at home.”
Tens of thousands of the Antelope Valley’s residents have been brought into the world at AVH since its doors opened in 1955; over 5,000 newborns were delivered at AVH’s Women and Infants Pavilion in 2013.
As the hospital’s first baby of 2014, Isabelle and her parents were given a new car seat and carrier, a large pink teddy bear and a gift basket filled with a variety of baby gifts, including clothes, toys and a piggy bank.
“We are honored that Isabelle made her debut at Antelope Valley Hospital,” said Dennis Knox, AVH Chief Executive Officer. “I wish Isabelle and her family a happy and healthy new year.”
Isabelle met her parents in the Women and Infants Pavilion, AVH’s spacious maternity care facility, home to a complete array of obstetrical and newborn services. It features 39 private Couplet Care rooms furnished with special beds and bassinets so that the mother and baby can stay in the same room until they go home. The facility is also home to a level 3b community neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) equipped with 20 private rooms to care for newborns with special needs, and three technologically-advanced surgery suites.