Lansdowne Couple Deliver Delco’s First Baby of 2016 at DCMH - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Published on January 01, 2016

Lansdowne Couple Deliver Delco’s First Baby of 2016 at DCMH

Crozer-Keystone Health SystemMedia Contact:
Mary Wascavage
(610) 284-8619
Mary.Wascavage@crozer.org

Tiffany and Alfred Kirkland with baby Mikayla

Tiffany and Alfred Kirkland with baby Mikayla.

Tiffany Kirkland’s modest New Year’s Eve plans consisted of working, then planning for work the next day. All that changed when the Lansdowne resident began having contractions while on the job, in her 38th week of pregnancy.

Kirkland, 28, a dietary aide at a local nursing home, said that the pain and pressure she had been feeling all day became unbearable by 2 p.m. Her coworkers stayed be her side until her husband, Alfred, arrived to take her to the hospital. Once the Kirklands arrived at Delaware County Memorial Hospital in Drexel Hill, staff immediately began running tests—which revealed spikes of high blood pressure in Tiffany that were also affecting the baby. “They decided that a C-section would be best for both me and the baby,” Kirkland said. So at 12:40 a.m. little Mikayla Yvette made her entrance, weighing 5 pounds and measuring 18 inches in length. She is the Kirklands’ first child and was named for Tiffany’s father, Michael, who passed away in 2004 when Tiffany was 17, and Alfred’s mother, Yvette.

Alfred Kirkland Jr., 39, feels that the birth of his daughter is nothing short of a miracle. “I’ve waited for this moment my whole life,” he says. When Tiffany told him on Mother’s Day 2015 that she was expecting, Alfred said it was the best day of his life. It would certainly be trumped by New Year’s Day 2016, when Mikayla became the first baby born in Delaware County. 2016 marks the ninth year in a row (and 12 out of the last 13), that Crozer-Keystone Health System has had the privilege of delivering Delaware County’s first baby of the New Year.

The Kirklands were thrilled to learn that they would also receive a generous gift from Babies ’R Us (Media and Springfield locations)—a tub filled with nursing and baby care supplies—in honor of Mikayla's “first baby” status.

Back at DCMH, both mom and baby are doing well. Because Tiffany needed a C-section, she and her daughter will not go home for a few days. But that is just fine with Alfred, who puts 100% of his faith and trust in DCMH’s doctors and nurses. “They are wonderful,” he says. “You can just tell that they love babies here.” As for finally realizing his dream of being a father, Kirkland says that he is looking forward to tea parties and building Barbie houses with his little girl. “It’s just the greatest feeling in the world,” he says.

DCMH is a member of the Crozer-Keystone Health System. Crozer-Keystone is Delaware County’s leading provider of maternity care, delivering nearly 3,700 babies each year at DCMH and Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Both Crozer and DCMH offer services that include a well-baby nursery, an Intensive Care Nursery, Maternal/Fetal Medicine services, childbirth education classes, and fertility services. Each hospital also offers special amenities, including “stork parking,” wireless in-room Internet access and baby photography services.

For more information about maternity care at Crozer and DCMH, call 1-800-CK-HEALTH (1-800-254-3258) or visit crozerkeystone.org/maternity.

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