While the rest of the community was waiting for the ball to drop and welcome the new year, first-time mother Shelby McGlothlin was waiting for something else… or rather, someone else. A few hours after the new year, Mendocino County’s first baby for 2024 made her entrance: Baby Mila was born on January 1, 2024, at 3:56 a.m. Proud first-time parents Shelby McGlothlin and Dylan Fraser Gilbert welcomed Baby Mila, who was almost 7 pounds and 19 inches long.
Mom says she they’d been at Adventist Health Ukiah Valley’s Family Birth Center for a few days and Baby Mila was in fact, nine days late. It turns out she was just waiting for the perfect moment to make her arrival. “Her arriving on New Year’s Day just made it even more memorable and special,” the mother shares.
As for her name, Mila is a way to honor her mother, says the father. “Shelby’s name was originally supposed to be Mia, but her parents changed their minds. I wanted to name our baby Mia, but it didn’t sound right. So as a compromise, we came up with Mila. And I think it’s perfect for her.”
The parents say they had the best experience at our Family Birth Center. “I didn’t really know what to expect. It was more difficult and painful than I imagined childbirth to be. But everyone was amazing and really took care of us. We’ve spent a lot of days here and they were so helpful and caring the entire time,” shares Shelby.
They are now looking forward to the “new normal,” enjoying everything that parenthood brings and learning together as first-time parents. While nothing can ever prepare someone for parenthood, they shared that the staff at the Family Birth Center, along with information gained from the hospital’s birthing classes, helped prepare them for the adventure ahead.
As is tradition, the first baby of the year is showed with lots of presents by our Family Birth Center team. The family received a special “First Baby Basket” stuffed with receiving blankets, toys, goodies and gifts for the new parents and baby, including a handmade giant stocking for the holidays and a quilt, lovingly crafted by our obstetrics nurses.
Taff Cheneweth, Labor and Delivery Manager, says starting the new year with a little bundle of joy is an inspiring way to ring in 2024. “Our team sees it as a privilege to be able to share in the joy of growing their families. We thank all the moms and dads for trusting us with their most precious arrival.”
The arrival of the New Year baby is a much-anticipated event at the Family Birth Center explains Taff. “Our team works very hard to make their experience meaningful. They spend many months putting together the quilt and other handmade items, so our families know how much we appreciate their trust.”
Shelby and Mila are both doing great. The family shares their gratitude for the entire obstetrics department, including their care team: Jaqueline, Taylor, Sara, Connie, Kaitlin, Theresa and midwife Brie.
The Adventist Health Ukiah Valley Family Birth Center delivers over 800 babies every year. Learn more on our website.