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New Year’s and Newborns

It’s a new year, baby! Or rather, make that: It’s a New Year Baby!

The New Year brings with it much hope and optimism, along with unique ways to celebrate new beginnings. Whether it be New Year’s Eve parties, joining friends and loved ones in singing “Auld Lang Syne,” or watching the Orange and Rose Bowl parades and college bowl games, these events mark the start of the new year. Another special New Year’s tradition celebrated throughout our state and nation is that of the New Year Baby. During its many years of serving the region, Catholic Medical Center has been fortunate to have some of the first babies born after midnight in the new year. The well-timed baby and his or her parents receive a variety of gifts to celebrate the honor. I always felt sorry for the second child born in the New Year, who just missed by minutes the celebratory status and gifts!

At CMC we not only celebrate the first baby born in a year, but every child that is born at our Mom’s Place. We do so by playing Brahms’s “Wiegenlied” — more commonly known as the “Lullaby” — over our public address system each time a child is born. It always brings a smile to my face and to that of all our employees celebrating the gift of new life.

More recently, a new group of families have become part of this tradition with the founding of CMC’s Women’s Wellness & Fertility Center in 2017. The center will mark its fifth anniversary this February. Dr. Sarah Bascle and Dr. Damian Olsen — along with the rest of their skilled, compassionate team — celebrate the birth of our NaPro babies.

For those of you who are not familiar with our Catholic OBGYN practice, the center was the first (and still the only) in New England to be based on NaProTECHNOLOGY. This approach to women’s reproductive health uses natural methods and restorative surgery to treat conditions. Patients from all six New England states and 11 others come to CMC for this unique and holistic way of addressing fertility problems.

Surgical NaProTECHNOLOGY seeks to treat the range of underlying conditions that cause reproductive health problems, including infertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), recurrent miscarriage and severe PMS. As Drs. Bascle and Olsen have told me, the symptoms of these conditions often get attention and treatment while the conditions themselves go overlooked. When they can correct a condition, and in many cases restore a woman’s fertility, she is often able to achieve pregnancy naturally. So, you can imagine what a celebration it is when a NaPro baby is born! The Women’s Wellness & Fertility Center’s office has quickly filled up with thank you notes and photos from these grateful families.

On behalf of Catholic Medical Center and its employees, I wish you a New Year filled with God’s many blessings. May each day be a celebration of your lives, just as we celebrate our NaPro — and all —our babies who will be born in 2022!

Alex Walker is president and CEO of CMC Healthcare System: Catholic Medical Center, New England Heart & Vascular Institute, and several subsidiaries. He and his wife, Lisa, live in Manchester.

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