Fort Bliss (U.S. Army) — Four new bundles of joy were delivered on the labor and delivery ward at William Beaumont Army Medical Center on New Year’s Day.
The first baby of 2014 was born at 10:50 a.m. with the second baby a close three minutes later.
Staff Sgt. Jeannette Leonguerrero, a medic assigned to 2nd Engineer Battalion at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., was happy to show off her new daughter, Alessandra, born at 10:53 a.m., weighing a solid 9 pounds and measuring 20 inches in length.
Leonguerrero was scheduled to be induced Dec. 31, and arrived at the labor and delivery ward around 3 p.m. Her labor was progressing, but at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day, they stopped induction to allow her to rest. After starting induction again, the medical staff noticed the baby’s heart rate had dropped and she was whisked off for an emergency cesarean section.
Leonguerrero had strong words of praise for her prenatal care and the care she received during delivery. “The doctors were great – they were respectful and upfront with information,” she said.
When told she would need a C-section, she was on board. “I told them let’s do it, absolutely,” she said.
Proud big sister, Lourdes, 5-years-old, was anxiously awaiting the arrival of her new baby sister. “She came in with me when I was induced and was so excited,” said Jeanette. “Lourdes was jumping up and down – she just couldn’t wait.”
On New Year’s Day, Lourdes visited her mother and new sister. “Lourdes asked me if that was her baby sister,” Leonguerrero said. “She then touched Allessandra’s head and kissed her all over her little face,” she added.
The new mother has a built-in support system for her children since her mother, Lourdes Romeu, and 11-year-old brother, Eduardo Romeu, live with her. Leonguerrero explained help became necessary when she deployed for the second time. “They have been with me ever since,” she said.
The labor and delivery staff presented Leonguerrero with a gift basket full of baby items. The basket was prepared from personal donations among the nursing staff, to be presented to the first babies born in the New Year. She was also presented with a beautiful pink baby blanket which was crocheted by one of the labor and delivery nurses.
In recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the University of Texas at El Paso, the university donated a gift basket to each of the El Paso community hospitals for the newest babies born in 2014. The gifts included a UTEP Miner onesie, with T-shirts for the parents. When asked whether Alessandra might be a future UTEP miner, Leonguerrero said, “Well, I don’t know where my next duty station will be, but we do like El Paso and Alessandra is definitely going to college. So, maybe.”