LANCASTER — While Antelope Valley residents were busy greeting the New Year with family and friends, Millissa Metaline Jeigh Jackson was greeting the world with her first cries of life at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH).
Thousands are born annually at AVH, and the cycle begins anew each January with the celebration of the first birth of the year.
This year that honor goes to Millissa, who was born in the AVH Women and Infants Pavilion at 12:27 a.m. via Caesarean section on January 1, 2015. She weighs 7 pounds, 12 ounces, measures 20 inches in length, and was delivered by attending obstetrician, Dr. Adam D. Carlton.
Millissa is the first child born to Nicole and James Wayne Jackson from Lancaster and the third child born to Nicole.
“We were very happy to meet her,” new mom Nicole said. “My due date was January 10 but Millissa didn’t want to wait. Her arrival makes New Year’s Day extra special.”
Tens of thousands of the Antelope Valley’s residents have been brought into the world at AVH since its doors opened in 1955. In fact, more than 5,000 newborns were delivered at AVH’s Women and Infants Pavilion in the past 12 months alone.
As the community’s first baby of 2015, Millissa and her parents were given a large gift basket from AVH that included a variety of baby items, such as an infant car seat, baby blankets, baby clothes, baby shoes, supplies, crib accessories and stuffed animals.
“We are happy to help welcome Millissa into the world and we wish her a life filled with good health and happiness,” said Dennis Knox, AVH chief executive officer. “Delivering babies and providing high-quality maternity care has long been one of our top priorities and we are delighted to share in this special occasion with Millissa and her family.”
The Women and Infants Pavilion, AVH’s maternity care facility, houses a complete array of obstetrical and newborn services. It features 39 private “Couplet Care” rooms that are furnished with 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.
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