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Beebe Healthcare Celebrates First Newborn of 2023



Beebe Healthcare’s Labor and Delivery department welcomed the first child of 2023 at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus at 12:51 a.m. Sunday. 

Baby girl Alya Itzae Colon Morales was born to Norma Morales Perez and Ricard Colon Alsina. She weighed 8 pounds, 12 ounces and 21 inches in height.

Every year, Beebe team members take up a collection to provide a gift basket of Baby-Friendly hospital items to the first baby’s family. This year, an anonymous community member hand knitted a blanket, sweater, hat for the first baby.

Baby-friendly hospitals like Beebe ensure every woman delivering a baby knows the importance of breastfeeding and learns not only the benefits of the practice, but also how to initiate breastfeeding immediately after delivery. Baby-friendly hospitals initiate skin-to-skin contact immediately after delivery or C-section, keeping moms and babies in the same room and supporting moms with breastfeeding through lactation consultants. 

Additionally, Beebe is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as a “Safe Sleep Champion,” for its commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep. The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created to prevent infant sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation.