Cobourg Blog News does not usually report on news of births but excuse me if I make an exception. Northumberland Hills Hospital has a reputation of being excellent at what they do and making parents happy about the birthing experience has to fit that. For some reason, being the first baby to be born in a New Year is somehow special but in this case it seems to be more than that. Lindsey Drake-Shalapata (mom) and Alex Shalapata (dad) are from Oshawa and had such a good experience the first time they had a baby born at NHH that they came back again. The announcement from the Hospital said that the baby was born “just a few hours after midnight at 02:56 AM on Tuesday, January 1st, 2019. The baby boy – named Robin Lyle – weighed 7 pounds and 3 ounces (3,260 grams) at birth, and measured 19.5 inches (49.5 centimetres).
The couple said: “Together with our midwife – Kory McGrath, of New Life Midwives – we really like the birthing experience offered at NHH. We were impressed by how the team worked together so well, and clearly respected each other. We saw that again with Robin’s birth. The nurses, our midwife, the doctor and the anesthesiologist, everyone involved was just amazing and we’re very grateful,” Lindsey said, acknowledging that the added bonus was Robin’s surprise timing, two weeks before his expected due date, as the hospital’s New Year baby.
NHH provided information on what I would call their “maternity facilities”:
With six birthing suites, a dedicated operating room for caesarean sections and an experienced health care team, NHH takes pride in providing newborns and their families with the personal and exceptional care expected of a community hospital. More than 550 births are anticipated at the hospital in the current fiscal year, thanks to a strong partnership with local family physicians, obstetrician-gynecologists and midwives. Expecting a baby? NHH and the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit co-host evening information sessions at the hospital on the first and third Tuesday of each month to help new parents get ready for their baby’s arrival. Pre-registration is required. Please call 905-372-6811, ext. 4122 for more information and to sign up.
Cobourg is known to have a high proportion of seniors (that NHH takes good care of) but it’s good to see that the very young are also well looked after here.