UM Shore Medical Center at Easton's 1st baby of 2022 born on Jan. 1

Sandra Mérida-Donis 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.

ASTON — The University of Maryland Shore Regional Health’s first baby of 2022 is indeed a New Year’s baby.

Franjeli Áymara Gómez Mérida was born at 11:07 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 1 at UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, weighing just a smidge over 7 pounds.

She is the daughter of Sandra Mérida-Donis of Easton, and joins two older sisters at home, according to a news release.

Mérida-Donis and her newborn received 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, according to the news release.

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. High performing hospitals excel on multiple quality metrics that matter to expectant families, including complication rates, C-sections, whether births were scheduled too early in pregnancy and how successfully each hospital supported breastfeeding.

Only one-third of the hospitals evaluated by U.S. News for maternity care earned a “high performing” rating, according to the news release.

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