New parents Luz Renderos and Nelson Orlando Albarracin welcomed 2019 with a new bundle of joy—baby girl Leah Isabella Albarracin. Baby Leah arrived at 3:44 pm on January 2, 2019 and was the first baby the Maternity Department at St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center rang special chimes for throughout the Hospital. Baby Leah was delivered by Dr. Dodis Kohan, weighing in at 6 lbs. 15 oz., and was exactly 20 in. long.
St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center is a Baby-Friendly® Designated birth facility—the first hospital to earn the designation in Suffolk County. Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., is the U.S. authority for the implementation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (“BFHI”), a global program sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The initiative encourages and recognizes hospitals and birthing centers that offer an optimal level of care for breastfeeding mothers and their babies. Based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, this prestigious international award recognizes birth facilities that offer breastfeeding mothers the information, confidence, and skills needed to successfully initiate and continue breastfeeding their babies.