Mercy Kids Children's Hospital Celebrates First Newborns of 2021 in Springfield

January 2, 2021

The labor and delivery team at Mercy Hospital Springfield is ringing in the New Year with the two New Year’s babies, Samuel Joseph and Zyanna Renee.

Born first, mother, Allyson, and father, Cody, welcomed their baby boy at 7:57 a.m. on Jan. 2, 2020. Samuel weighed in at 8 pounds, 11 ounces, and was 22 inches long. Born just an hour later, mother, LaShonda and father, D’andre, welcomed their baby girl at 8:54 a.m. Zyanna weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and was 19 inches long. 

Mercy New Years Babies 2021

Their arrival as the first newborns of the New Year brought a pile of presents from the mother baby staff at Mercy. Nurses in the Mother/Baby unit look forward to the arrival of each New Year’s baby. In fact, they start collecting gifts many months in advance of the special event.

“Even in the middle of a pandemic, the first babies of the new year bring so much joy! What a sweet surprise to have two babies born at nearly the same time.” said Deana Holland, Mercy clinical supervisor. “This beautiful moment has helped renew our hope in the future and we’re grateful to be part of it.”

Samuel and Group
Zyanna and group

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