Thursday, June 30 2022

Alessandra Odette Mohlis came into the world at 12:03 a.m. on January 1 at Boone County Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 0.3 ounces, with a length of 19 ¾ inches.

Jewell’s parents Auston and Megan Mohlis are also parents to Kyleena, 8, Nadia, 6, and Vivienna, 3. Alessandra is a rainbow baby, following the loss of her brother Kallum to stillbirth in 2020.

Megan said her last pregnancy was particularly stressful due to the previous stillbirth.

“We watched her very closely. We were nervous about getting into this,” she said. “We wanted a more personal feel to the hospital, so we chose Boone Hospital. It’s smaller and feels more like family cared for.

With a due date of January 7, the family believed they could have the first baby born in 2022 at the hospital. Megan’s waters broke on the morning of December 31. At 10 minutes to midnight, people in the delivery room were joking about Alessandra’s birth year.

“When midnight hit, it went from joking to emergency,” Megan explained.

As tradition dictates, the first baby born in the New Year receives a gift basket filled with treats.  As an added gift, Mindy Green, RN at the Family Birth Center, made the baby a

The baby’s shoulders got stuck in what is called shoulder dystocia (when one of the baby’s shoulders is lodged behind the mother’s pubic bone or sacrum). The newborn had to be resuscitated.

“We are so grateful to have chosen a good hospital where people were so on the ball. It was extremely moving, because we know the risks of birth and we have seen it many times. She is doing perfectly. No worries at all,” Megan said. “Having a birth after a loss and then having it be kind of a traumatic birth on top of that – it’s been really overwhelming – but really good.”

As tradition dictates, the first baby born in the New Year receives a gift basket filled with treats.

Lisa Schmidt, director of public relations and marketing at the hospital, said the gift basket was provided by Family Birth Center staff and its suppliers: Dr. Sivesind, Dr. Hay and Dr. Linkenmeyer. It was filled with diapers, wipes, baby blankets, bibs, snacks, baby tub, lotions, face masks, mom brush, baby brush, toy/teether, children’s books, teddy bear, diaper cream and other miscellaneous items.

Mindy Green, RN at the Family Birth Center, assisted with the delivery. She even made the baby a “Little Miss New Year” onesie.

“I don’t know what was more nerve-wracking: waiting to see if it was going to be a New Year’s or New Year’s baby or if it was a ‘Little Miss’ or ‘Little Mister’ New Year’s baby. “, Green mentioned.

Dena Sytsma, director of the Family Birth Center, said staff are always happy to organize and present the New Year’s baby with gifts.

“It’s a fun tradition we’ve been doing for our patients for several years,” she said.

Alessandra’s three older sisters are delighted with her arrival.

“They love it. Two of them really wanted a baby sister, so we’re not sad to have another girl at home,” Megan said.

Stay-at-home mom Megan said being with her kids every day is like living a dream come true.


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