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Despite the COVID pandemic, Sierra View Medical Center continued to welcome newborns from the community. One by one, each Sierra View baby born in one of the most difficult times the world has ever known has arrived, bringing joy to the hospital and the community.

To help celebrate this joy, Sierra View has launched a new program dedicated to newborns. Parents who wish to receive a spiritual welcome and prayer for their new baby can request a Baby Blessing from the hospital chaplaincy team.

The care team accompanying a young mother contacts the chaplaincy service. A member of the chaplaincy team will then join the new mother and baby to share a special moment of prayer to help welcome the baby and mark the sacredness and wonder of their arrival. “This new program helps welcome new life in a spiritually fulfilling way for parents who are looking for that kind of comforting approach,” said Faye Cortes, acting director of maternal and child health.

Sara Gonzalez’s newborn son was the first Sierra View baby to receive a baby blessing at the hospital. In October 2021, Sara’s mother saw a poster in her patient room and suggested requesting the service immediately.

Soon Sara was joined by members of her nursing team and members of the chaplaincy team to help welcome her newborn baby with sweet, spiritual words of kindness. Retired pastor and now assistant chaplain James Roger led the baby blessing prayer for Gonzalez’s new baby.

Gonzalez said it was good to have a spiritual service like this. She and her family pray together, and she said she loves the feeling of knowing that her newborn son would begin his prayer life just hours after he was born.

It’s just a blessing to have a baby,” said the baby’s father, Edward Gonzalez. The baby’s blessing, he said, makes it all that much more special.

The idea to bring the service to Sierra View Medical Center was born after Sierra View Vice President of Marketing and Human Resources Tracy Canales witnessed a similar service at a Southern California hospital. . “I am thrilled that our chaplaincy department and the MCH department have embraced the concept of the baby blessing. They really did an incredible job of making this a reality and it really is something special to offer Sierra View,” said Canales.

View of the Sierra Human Resources Manager for Talent Development and Chaplaincy Services, Colleen Wilson has worked with multiple teams, including the Maternal and Child Health Department and Marketing, to help make the new Baby Blessings program a reality. For Wilson, it’s exciting to lead a program “celebrating new life and babies being born here in Sierra View.”

Chaplaincy Assistant Pastor Michael Trimble works closely with Wilson and other members of the chaplaincy team to ensure that parents who request it can receive a baby blessing in English or Spanish while respecting the religious needs of the parents.

It’s just an exciting time,” Trimble said. As a young pastor, he said whenever he was in a hospital, he always stopped by the nursery to remember how great God is and how a blessing new life is.

New moms and dads who would like to receive a baby blessing while at Sierra View can contact their nursing team while at the hospital. Depending on availability and time of day, a member of the chaplaincy team will help welcome the new baby.

For more information about the program, visit www.sierra-view.com/babyblessings.

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