HSHS St. Elizabeth's announces first baby of 2021 born at the Women and Infants Center.

HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital proudly welcomed Ava Alexis as the first baby born at the hospital in 2021. She was born at 7:57 p.m. on January 2 at St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center; weighing 5 pounds 6 ounces and 19 inches long. Ava’s proud parents are Shannon and Nicholas Hoock of Lebanon, Ill.

In celebration of being the first baby born in 2021 at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, the baby and her family were presented with a basket of gifts presented by the colleagues of the Women and Infants Center.

For others expecting in 2021, St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center offers a wide range of services for mothers and infants, and the prenatal class schedule for 2021 is now available on our website at hshs.org/StElizabeths/Events/Mother-Child. It includes Prepared Childbirth Classes, Breastfeeding Fundamentals and other education about the amenities and quality at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center is recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program, created by Cribs for Kids, as a Bronze Safe Sleep Hospital. The hospital also has a partnership with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon pediatricians who provide coverage 24/7. These pediatricians care for babies admitted to the Well or Intermediate Care Nurseries. The Intermediate Care Nursery is also staffed with specially trained nurses to care for babies born with special health care needs.

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Amanda Schaefer, lead clinical facilitator and Deb Meidel, nurse manager from HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Women and Infants Center Shannon and Nicholas Hoock on the birth of Ava, the first baby born at the hospital in 2021.

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Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270

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