Spectrum Health Lakeland Welcomes First Baby of the New Year
Jan 3, 2022
(NILES) – The BirthPlace at Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital welcomed Southwest Michigan’s first baby of 2022 at 4:12 a.m. on Saturday, January 1. Rio McReynolds and Connor Milliken of Benton Harbor, Michigan are the proud new parents of a daughter, Esmé Ruth Milliken. Baby Milliken weighed in at 9 pounds, 1 ounces, and measured 21 inches long. In keeping with the annual tradition, the family received a gift basket from the Spectrum Health Lakeland Auxiliary.
Spectrum Health Lakeland is served by a team of 28 obstetrics and gynecology providers including physicians, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives; 80 nurses; and 34 support staff. High-risk pregnant women and women with chronic illnesses considering pregnancy also have local access to advanced levels of care through a partnership with maternal fetal medicine specialists at Spectrum Health Medical Group.
In 2021, Spectrum Health Lakeland Niles Hospital earned a platinum designation for maternal care from the Michigan Alliance for Innovation on Maternal Health for their work to improve health outcomes for mothers and combat the leading causes of maternal mortality such as obstetric hemorrhage and severe hypertension. Spectrum Health Lakeland Medical Center in St. Joseph also earned gold level designation, the second highest ranking.
For more information about the BirthPlace, visit spectrumhealthlakeland.org/birthplace