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Magic Month: 100 Births at UVMC


The number 100 is significant in so many ways. On the Celsius scale, 100 degrees is the boiling temperature of water. 100 years is a century, considered a milestone today as during ancient times.

For Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Center staff, 100 has a different yet equally significant meaning. Alex Anthony Galindo’s arrival at 6:45 p.m. on October 31, marked a milestone at Ukiah Valley Medical Center’s Family Birth Center. Little Alex is the 100th baby born in October, the most births in a single month since the Birth Center began delivering babies in April 1998.

Delivered by Karen Crabtree, M.D., local obstetrician and gynecologist at Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Alex Anthony weighed in at six pounds, 13 ounces and measured 18.5 inches long.

Proud mom Monica Marin from Ukiah, says she had a very good experience and she’s glad she chose UVMC. “The staff has been so helpful. And that means a lot to me being a first-time mom.”

The Family Birth Center has been averaging 70 deliveries per month leading up to this milestone. “It is such a great accomplishment and truly a testament to the great staff we have here. And we’re hoping it gets even better as we are working hard to improve our facilities and equipment,” shared Donna Bauer, director of perinatal services.

The department has also gone through recent renovations which make the rooms inviting and comfortable, for mom, baby and support persons. New bassinets and sofa beds make for a truly comforting experience. “We want to make sure all moms and their families are able to bond and feel like they are in the comforts of their own homes,” said Bauer.

The department has also been hosting tours of the newly remodeled birthing suites to expectant families, boasting a private room large enough for the whole family with an on suite bathroom and internet access. 

Bauer also wanted expectant mothers to know, “We also provide birthing classes and breastfeeding consultation so that new families get support before and after the birth of their child.”

The Family Birth Center also has a special care nursery (Level II Neonatal ICU) which provides care for babies with special needs, a physician provider 24/7, a midwifery service, nurse educator, and childbirth classes.

For a more intimate look at the Family Birth Center, expectant mothers can schedule a tour by calling (707)-463-7550, or watch a virtual tour online at

(Pictured: Monica Marin mother of the record breaking 100th baby, embraces her son, Alex.)

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