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Baby girl makes her New Year’s debut in Hanford


HANFORD – The team at Adventist Health Hanford’s Birth Center helped welcome Kings County’s first baby of the year at 2:28 a.m. on January 1, 2022.

Baby “Elizabeth Daniela” was delivered naturally by mom Daniela of Hanford. She weighs 9.7 pounds and is 20 ½ inches in length.

“We are pretty grateful to have a New Year’s baby,” says Daniela whose daughter was given her first name as her middle name. “Our 3-year-old son, Alex, wanted his sister to be named after me, since he was named after his dad.”

Parents and babyThe name Elizabeth also has special meaning. Mom and dad wanted their daughter to have a biblical name, since they are of Christian faith, and decided on Elizabeth, which means “Helped by God.”

Baby Elizabeth did require a little help entering the world. She was supposed to arrive on December 26, 2021, so to speed up her arrival, Daniela decided to run some errands on December 30. She was shopping at Wal-Mart when she felt her water break.

“We stopped at my mother-in-law’s house since my water hadn’t fully broke, and she told us we should go straight to the Birth Center,” says Daniela.

A little over 24-hours later, Elizabeth was welcomed into the world by her parents with the help of Dr. Sayed Basel, OB-GYN, and delivery nurse Thania Benitez.

This was Daniela’s first time delivering at the Hanford Birth Center.

“It was a great experience. Everyone was polite and nice, and the Birth Center is roomy and really nice. I feel really happy and thankful to God,” says Daniela.

Adventist Health gifted mom and dad with a diaper bag and a $100 Target gift card.

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Adventist Health is a faith-based, nonprofit integrated health system serving more than 80 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii as well as others across the U.S. through its Blue Zones company, a pioneer in taking a systemic and environmental approach to improving the health of entire cities and communities. Through this work, Adventist Health is leading a 21st century well-being transformation movement. Founded on Seventh-day Adventist heritage and values, Adventist Health provides care in hospitals, clinics, its innovative Adventist Health Hospital@Home program that provides virtual in-patient care at home, home care agencies, hospice agencies and joint-venture retirement centers in both rural and urban communities. Our compassionate and talented team of 37,000 includes associates, medical staff physicians, allied health professionals and volunteers driven in pursuit of one mission: living God's love by inspiring health, wholeness and hope. Together, we are transforming the American healthcare experience with an innovative, yet timeless, whole-person focus on physical, mental, spiritual and social healing to support community well-being.