Parents and staff celebrated the New Year with the birth of the very first baby in 2020 born at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
Eloise Iris Ruth, born to Melanie and Nick, was the first child born in 2020 at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital.
While the idea for Eloise’s first name came from Nick, both parents were excited by it.
“I asked him a million years ago when we were first dating, what his favorite little girl name was, and he said, Eloise and I could not tell you what I was going to tell him because the second I heard that name, that was all I needed,” Melanie said.
Melanie, a 31-year-old woman from Santa Clarita, chose Eloise’ middle name: Iris.
“I wanted a flower name because I already had a Violet and a Rose in the family,” Melanie said. “My godmother, who my middle name is named after, her favorite flowers were irises. I thought it was a cute way to kind of pay homage and it just sounds beautiful.”
Eloise is the Ruth’s first child after being together for about 10 years and married for over four.
Melanie is an event florist, so she had hoped that Eloise would be born on the off-season for weddings.
She got her wish when doctors originally told her that Eloise would be born in December.
“It was a really long labor and worth every hour,” Melanie said. “It was long, it would’ve been January 1st only it wasn’t, we came in on the thirtieth and we had her January first, so it was 36 hours of labor and then an eventual C-section.”
The Ruths live outside of Santa Clarita, but trust Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital and knew that it was where they wanted Eloise to be born.
In 2002, Melanie’s sister was in a traumatic car accident, and Melanie thanked Henry Mayo staff for saving sister’s her life.
Mimi Baum, president of Henry Mayo Newhall Auxiliary, gifted the parents a onesie, a bib and a gift card to the hospital’s gift shop.
When asked what message the parents would like to say to their newborn, Melanie had this to say:
“A lot of people that you meet in your life are going to expect you to be perfect. And a lot of people are going to tell you, your parents are going to expect you to be perfect. We do not believe in perfection, but we believe in your perfect potential. Like you have potential to be anything you want to be. And that is what we want to inspire you to do and to be.”
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