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Ukiah’s First Baby of 2015: It’s a Boy!

Human Interest

UKIAH, CA  -- Instead of partying, Karina Muniz was pushing and instead of champagne, she was having contractions. But according to Muniz it was all worth it as she delivered Ukiah’s first baby of 2015.

Weighing 6 lbs. and 7 ounces, and 20 ½ inches long, baby Leonardo made his entrance at 4:00 p.m. on New Year’s Day in the Family Birth Center at Ukiah Valley Medical Center.

Baby Leonardo is welcomed by dad German and his older brother German Alejandro, who was also born at the Family Birth Center.
Mommy Karina said Leonardo was not due until January 14th. “But he was impatient, and wanted to make an early entrance.”

Karina and her husband checked in at the Family Birth Center at 2 p.m. on December 31st but Leonardo was not delivered until 4:00 p.m., on January 1, 2015.

The New Year’s baby is a highly anticipated event at the Family Birth Center each year. And Karina knew there was one other Mom who was in the running to deliver the first baby of the year. “I did not expect him to be the first baby since it was taking so long. But having him on New Year’s Day just makes it even more special.” 

Karina extends a special thank you to her midwife, Eva Skillicorn, CNM, from Care for Her, who delivered Baby Leonardo. Karina was also impressed with the great care she received from the nursing staff at UVMC. “They are all very caring and patient. I had a great experience here with my first baby so I trust them completely. Yvette Rubio, R.N., was the nurse that took care of me with my first baby almost two years ago and was also here to care for baby Leonardo, ,” added Karina.

As the first baby of the year, Baby Leonardo received a gift basket full of newborn necessities from UVMC staff. He also received handmade quilts from Care For Her and UVMC staff. They also received a box of diapers, one of the many they will have to buy as Baby Leonardo will use approximately 2,788 diapers during his first year of life according to

The New Year has been busy for the Family Birth Center staff with four babies already delivered. The Family Birth Center normally delivers an average of 848 babies every year and with the updates to the facility and caring staff – more moms are choosing to deliver at the Family Birth Center.

The Family Birth Center offers a state-of-the art facility, with large private birthing suites and a Special Care Nursery. The birth center also offers a variety of educational and support classes for expectant moms and caregivers.

The Family Birth Center is located at Ukiah Valley Medical Center, 275 Hospital Drive in Ukiah. For more information about classes provided, please call 707-463-7550.

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