PORTSMOUTH, Va. (NNS) -- Naval Medical Center Portsmouth’s (NMCP) Labor and Delivery team delivered the first baby of 2019 shortly after the ball drop to ring in the New Year. Makenzie Basking was born at 12:27 a.m. to Warren and Shantell Basking.
“It shows just how blessed we are and how much of a miracle baby she is for us that she was the first baby born in the New Year, and all the blessings she will bring this year for us,” Shantell said.
On Jan. 1, the team delivered seven babies in all.
“I am absolutely exited,” Warren said. “This is my first baby girl and this just shows that there is a lot in store for her in her future.”
Representatives of the Oakleaf Club of Tidewater presented the Basking family with a gift basket to recognize the birth of the medical center’s first baby of the New Year.
The seven babies born on New Year’s Day follow a total of eight deliveries on Christmas day.
The Labor and Delivery team typically delivers between 250 and 300 babies each month, and is staffed on holidays to welcome those little ones who just can’t wait another day.
As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The national acclaimed, state of the art medical center, along with the area's ten branch and TRICARE Prime Clinics in the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.
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