By Shaina Marie Santos, Joint Region Marianas Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (Jan. 3, 2012) – U.S. Naval Hospital (USNH) Guam’s mother-baby unit staff delivered the nation’s first military baby born on American soil at the naval hospital in Agana Heights, Guam Jan. 1.
In celebration of the first New Year’s baby born at the hospital, the Heron’s were presented with a gift basket presented by command leadership.
Capt. Jeff Plummer, USNH Guam commanding officer, said the first baby of the year is an especially significant celebration as Guam is where America’s day begins.
“Young Miah and the family that we honored today was the first military baby of the year and so we’re (kind of) proud of that,” he said.
He added that delivering babies and taking care of families is an important part of Navy Medicine’s mission.
“Whether it’s on the sea, under the sea, on the battlefield or in hospitals like Naval Hospital Guam, it’s what we do,” he said. “And the mother-baby unit and helping make these brand-new families is an important part of our mission.”
The Heron’s arrived at the hospital around 9 a.m. where after almost three hours of labor they welcomed Miah, their fourth daughter, who arrived weighing 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measuring at 19.3 inches long.
“I was excited that she was coming and that we were finally (going to) be able to like, meet her,” Jacy Heron said. “We were really anxious. It’s a good way to start the New Year.”
Rey Heron said he is looking forward to raising their children the best way they can and added that down the road, he hopes to add a boy to their brood.
“It’s definitely a blessing to have a healthy baby at any point,” he said. “A lot of excitement to come for this year, we’re definitely looking forward to it.”
The baby gift basket was donated by Oak Leaf Club members as part of a tradition passed down to show extend a warm welcome to the family and new baby.
“It’s a good way to let our service members know we’re here for them,” said Oak Leaf Club co-President Lt. Cmdr. Melissa Kennedy. “It’s a way to thank them for receiving their medical care here and allowing us to do what we do best.”