Late baby is just in time for new year

Girl misses her due date, in­stead ar­rives just af­ter mid­night Jan. 1

Antelope Valley Press - - Front Page - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer

LAN­CASTER — Lit­tle Amirah Fair­ley missed her due date by more than a week, but she ar­rived just in time to make her the An­te­lope Val­ley’s first baby of the new year.

Amirah’s due date was Christ­mas Eve. She ar­rived at 2:01 a.m. Wed­nes­day weigh­ing six pounds, one ounce, and mea­sur­ing 19.5 inches long at An­te­lope Val­ley Hospi­tal’s Women and In­fants Pav­il­ion.

“She’s like, I’m go­ing to be a 2020 baby,” mother Essence Ware said as she held Amirah.

“I thought it was go­ing to be Christ­mas,” fa­ther Jonathan Fair­ley said.

Ami­jah has two older sis­ters and one older brother.

“All of them are very ex­cited,” Ware said. “They’re just too lit­tle to come in here, so they haven’t been able to see her. We sent pic­tures.”

Fair­ley added his 16-year-old son will be able to meet his younger sis­ter later.

Ware chose the name Amirah be­cause it means

“princess.”

“We’re ex­cited and we didn’t ex­pect this, but ap­par­ently she knew it was go­ing to hap­pen; that’s why she’s smil­ing,” Ware said.

The AV Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary gifted Ware and baby Amirah a large bas­ket filled with new­born es­sen­tials, in­clud­ing an in­fant car seat, stuffed animals, a Wil­liam Ed­wards Pho­tog­ra­phy

por­trait pack­age and many other items.

“The Aux­il­iary is thrilled to once again pro­vide a gift bas­ket to AV Hospi­tal’s first new mom of the year,” Jackie Davis, direc­tor of the Gift Shop and Aux­il­iary, said in a state­ment. “The bas­ket is filled with many es­sen­tials to cel­e­brate the birth of

her new baby — the first baby of the decade to be born at AV Hospi­tal. We wish the fam­ily well.”

AV Hospi­tal’s Women and In­fants Pav­il­ion is a spa­cious ma­ter­nity care fa­cil­ity that houses a com­plete ar­ray of ob­stet­ri­cal and new­born ser­vices, where more than 4,100 ba­bies were de­liv­ered in 2019. The fa­cil­ity fea­tures 39 pri­vate “Cou­plet Care” rooms that are fur­nished with spe­cial beds and bassinets so mother and baby can stay in the same room un­til they go home. The fa­cil­ity is also home to the area’s only neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit to care for the re­gion’s tini­est and most vul­ner­a­ble pa­tients.

Photo cour­tesy of Maria Bara­jas/An­te­lope Val­ley Hospi­tal

Par­ents Jonathan Fair­ley (left) and Essence Ware with daugh­ter Amirah Fair­ley, the An­te­lope Val­ley’s first baby of 2020, who ar­rived at 2:01 a.m, Wed­nes­day weigh­ing six pounds, one ounce and mea­sur­ing 19.5 inches long at An­te­lope Val­ley Hospi­tal Women & In­fants Pav­il­ion.

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