Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital in Grass Valley was pleased to welcome Millie, the first baby of 2022. Congratulations to mom and dad Jessica and Matthew Sutherlin on the birth of their daughter, Millie! Already equipped with a great sense of timing, Millie decided to avoid all the hoopla of being born on New Year’s Day (as scheduled) and the worst of the recent storm and arrived instead on Jan. 4th.

Mom Jessica and Baby Millie
Mom Jessica and baby Millie – and the overstuffed Radio Flyer Wagon

Millie was born weighing 6 lbs and 20 inches long, she and mom will spend their first night at home today. Jessica is glad to be home, with power restored. “It’s such a beautiful day outside, it feels good to see the sunshine.”

It was raining when she arrived at SNMH’s Family Birth Center to give birth to her first child. She had nothing but praise for the staff and is still amazed at the traditional Radio Flyer wagon, courtesy of B & C Ace Hardware, full of mom and baby supplies – provided by SNMH’s Share the Spirit Foundation and the Auxiliary Gift Shop. The Share the Spirit Foundation is a program managed by SNMH’s employees and funded through employee donations. The foundation provided the lion’s share of gifts filling the wagon, one of the many “outside the normal budget” needs they fill.

Dawn Schultz, manager of the Family Birth Center, said baby Millie was the first of a string of babies born in the past two days. “We are so happy to have our Family Birth Center back open, it means so much to all of us. I don’t recall the first baby of a new year being born on Jan. 4th, but it hasn’t stopped since.” Eight additional newborns have joined Millie in the birth center in the past 48 hours. Normally, the unit sees about 30 births a month.

Congrats again to the Sutherlin family!