The Star Democrat

First baby of ’22 born at UM Shore Medical Center

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EASTON — The first baby of 2022 arrived late at night on Saturday, Jan. 1 at the University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s Birthing Center in Easton. The baby girl was born at 11:07 p.m. to Sandra Mérida-Donis, 27, of Easton.

Franjeli Áymara Gómez Mérida was born weighing 7 pounds, 0.5 ounces, and was 20 inches long. She joins two older sisters at home.

Mérida-Donis and her newborn were gifted a congratula­tory basket from UM Shore Regional Health which included baby clothing, diapering and health items, baby toys and a baby book. Shore United Bank also donated a $100 savings bond certificat­e to the newborn.

More than 1,000 babies were born at the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton in 2021.

UM Shore Medical Center at Easton recently was recognized as High Performing in Maternity Care (Uncomplica­ted Pregnancy) by U.S. News & World Report. This recognitio­n was based on multiple quality metrics, including complicati­on rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy and how successful­ly each hospital supported breastfeed­ing.

 ?? CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO ?? Sandra Mérida-Donis, 27, of Easton, is pictured with her newborn daughter, Franjeli Áymara Gómez Mérida, the first baby born in 2022 at the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.
CONTRIBUTE­D PHOTO Sandra Mérida-Donis, 27, of Easton, is pictured with her newborn daughter, Franjeli Áymara Gómez Mérida, the first baby born in 2022 at the Birthing Center at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton.

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