SARASOTA (Jan. 1, 2012) – Sarasota Memorial Hospital welcomed New Year's baby Gabriel Barnes into the world at 12:07 am today – Sarasota’s first birth in 2012. Gabriel was one of more than four babies whose mothers began laboring at SMH on New Year's Eve.
"We weren’t aiming for it, but it’s pretty cool," Gabriel's mom Robyn Barnes said. She and husband Robert are from North Port and have three other children. Gabriel, a healthy baby boy, weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces. His mother said he was due on Jan. 28. He’s doing fine, but will stay for a short time in Sarasota Memorial’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Gulf Coast OB/GYN midwife Barb Loughlin, CNM, delivered Gabriel after an uncomplicated pregnancy and labor.
Sarasota Memorial nurses celebrated the birth with a special New Year’s basket filled with gifts and supplies for the baby and non-alcoholic champagne and flute glasses for the parents.
About Sarasota Memorial: Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of inpatient, outpatient and extended care services. It is the area’s only public and only not-for-profit hospital. Approximately 3,000 babies are born at the hospital each year.