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One Last Big Push for the Mother of All Baby Hospitals

Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments

Sutter Memorial Ends Its 77-Year Dynasty with Rash of Deliveries

Iyshiah Lacey holds her son Josiah Jordan, the 348,089th baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital during its nearly 78 years as "Sacramento's baby hospital."

Iyshiah Lacey holds her son Josiah Jordan, the 348,089th baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital during its nearly 78 years as “Sacramento’s baby hospital.”

SACRAMENTO – It wasn’t just a bang: Sacramento’s legendary baby hospital went out fittingly with a boom … a baby boom.

Opening in November 1937 as the first air-conditioned hospital in the West, Sutter Memorial Hospital was just heating up when the lights were turned off at the 77-year-old grand dame of birthing centers.

In less than six hours – from 8 p.m. Friday to 1:46 a.m. Saturday – nine babies were born before Labor & Delivery services moved 2 miles west to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center. At that rate, about 36 babies would have been born in 24 hours for the hospital, more than double the average daily deliveries.

Some nurses blamed it on the barometric pressure changes in this summer of weird weather. But we like to think it was one last big push for the mother of all maternity hospitals.

In total, 348,089 babies – about three-quarters of the city of Sacramento’s population – were born at Sutter Memorial Hospital, which was originally named Sutter Maternity Hospital. That total includes 4,870 sets of twins, 174 sets of triplets and 13 sets of quadruplets, including rare identical quads, the Khamsa girls, who became international celebrities overnight in 2002.

On Sunday, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento introduced to world the last baby born at Sutter Memorial Hospital – No. 348,089. Josiah Jordan was born healthy and with a full head of hair at 1:46 a.m. at 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long. His mother, Iyshiah Lacey, had a due date of Aug. 18, but her water broke and she rushed over to Sutter Memorial just before midnight. Iyshiah and baby Jordan were transferred to the new Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center about 12 hours after his birth.

“I feel really special,” said Iyshiah, who was all smiles. “I’ve never felt this way before. This (new Maternal Newborn wing) is such a beautiful site.”

Iyshiah, who gave birth to three other children at Sutter Memorial, said the transfer went smoothly and the Sutter maternity staff, legendary in Sacramento for their compassionate, loving care, have treated her well.

“It’s the same great treatment I received six years ago,” she said, “so I’m glad that hasn’t changed.”

What has changed is that the new Women’s and Children’s Center has all private rooms, and each one is like a suite at the Hyatt, but with the best views of either the Sacramento skyline or the foothills. There’s plenty of room for parents and babies to bond, along with family and friends.

And, already, Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center is well on its way to becoming known to the residents as “Sacramento’s new baby hospital”: In just its first 36 hours, 31 babies had been born.

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Posted by on Aug 9, 2015 in Sutter Health Sacramento Sierra Region, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento, Women's Services | 0 comments