SIDNEY — On Oct. 23, Wilson Health delivered its 10,000th baby at the Copeland-Emerson Family Birth Center.
At 7:34 p.m., baby girl Eva Epigmenio, was born to parents Sierra Hutchins and Jose Epigmenio, of Sidney.
Shortly after delivery, baby Eva was transferred to Dayton Children’s Hospital, where she spent the next eight weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit.
“It was really hard to see my daughter leave Wilson Health’s birth center knowing that I wasn’t going to be able to be with her for a few more days due to my C-section,” Hutchins said. “I knew both of us were in good hands, but it was very emotional not being able to hold her for the first time.”
Jana Schnippel, director of the Copeland-Emerson Family Birth Center, kept in contact with Hutchins over the eight-week period, checking in with her and getting updates on baby Eva’s condition. After learning of Eva’s plans for discharge from the hospital, Schnippel quickly began planning behind the scenes to have an “official” celebration for the family upon their return home to Sidney.
“I made a special connection with Sierra and her family,” Schnippel said. “I wanted them to know how special they are, and even though it is eight weeks later, we still wanted to celebrate this special occasion with our patients, the family and our staff.”
On Dec. 17, Hutchins and her three daughters, Myliegh, , Abbiana, 6, and eight-week-old Eva were welcomed back to the birth center to celebrate and recognize baby no. 10,000. Lisa Merrit, of Emerson Climate Technologies, joined the celebration and presented Hutchins with a gift, which included a one-year supply of diapers.
“We are honored to celebrate this milestone for both Emerson Climate Technologies and Wilson Health,” said Merrit. “In 2003, we were opening the doors to a brand new birthing center for our community, and here we are today celebrating the 10,000th delivery.”
Dr. Cecilia Banga, Wilson Health Medical Group ob/gyn, was the physician who delivered Wilson Health’s 10,000 baby. Banga was reunited with Hutchins and baby Eva during the celebration.
Hutchins also received a complimentary, full-year, milestone photography package from Picture Perfect Babies Photography, a $50 Visa gift card from Moeller Door and Windows, a $25 gift certificate from Rachel’s Cakes, a complimentary catered dinner from the Wilson Health Cafe and a variety of items for mother and baby from Wilson Health’s Sweet Beginnings Boutique.