ELIZABETH–A baby girl born at Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth arrived just 18 seconds after the world welcomed 2011.
Eight pound, six ounce Jocelyn Skye Humphrey, measuring 19.5 inches, is the daughter of Jennifer Jimenez and Qujair Humphrey and was delivered by Trinitas midwife Rose Marie Kunaszuk. The mother arrived at the hospital at 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 and labored until just past midnight when tiny Jocelyn was born.
Rose Marie Kunaszuk, DrNP, CNM, who delivered baby Jocelyn, noted that the baby’s mother experienced a reasonably easy delivery. “She went into labor at about 2 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Her labor was not planned and nothing was done to induce labor. She began pushing at 11 p.m. Jennifer was so happy to give birth that I don’t think it occurred to her that the baby was going to be born just seconds after midnight after the ball dropped in Times Square. She had a very nice delivery and was the recipient of good midwifery care.”
As a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a Certified Nurse Midwife with 25 years and 15 years experience, respectively, Kunaszuk has delivered many NewYear’s babies but not one that claimed the title of first born in the state in the New Year, until now. “Every birth is exciting for me,” Kunaszuk exclaimed during a phone interview from her home in Pennsylvania.
Jennifer Jimenez commented that she received excellent care from the midwife during labor and delivery. “I was in a lot of pain and I was tired, but she told me to keep pushing. She encouraged me to get through the delivery of my baby. As it was happening, I didn’t know that it was New Year’s Day when the baby was born. I was just happy that the labor was over.”
The new mother reported that she did not receive any pain medication beyond a routine epidural. She also received “attentive and very good” prenatal care on a regular basis throughout her pregnancy at the Jefferson Street Clinic of Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.
“I had an ultrasound done, went for check-ups each month at the beginning of my pregnancy, and then every two months. In the last stages, I went every week for check-ups. They monitored my health and my diet along the way. I gained a lot of weight, but my baby was a good size, which I’m happy about. I’m sure I’ll be able to lose the weight.”
In keeping with Trinitas’ annual tradition, members of the Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby staffs presented Jennifer with a bountiful basket filled with baby gifts and needs to give her a boost as the first baby of the New Year. Trinitas Regional Medical Center delivers up to 2,300 babies each year.
And now that she is a mother, what are Jennifer’s feelings about her new baby daughter? “Like anyone, I want my baby to have a good life, a healthy life.”
Pictured with Jennifer Jimenez of Elizabeth and her baby daughter Jocelyn Skye Humphrey are Trinitas Regional Medical Center staff members: Margaret Waldrop, RN, Staff Nurse; Perla Dominguez, RNC, Clinical Coordinator, Rose Marie Kunaszuk, DrNP, CNM, the midwife who delivered the baby, and Carol Ozarraga, Nurse Manager, Labor & Delivery and Mother/Baby units. (Photo credit: Trinitas Regional Medical Center)
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