Girl Planting seeds


Lyla Uma Pariyaprasirt Chiao of Rutherford, born at 1:03 a.m. January 1, 2009 was the first birth for 2009 at The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center (HUMC) and the first baby born in Bergen County in the New Year. Weighing 7.1-pounds, 1.1-ounces and 21-inches long, she was welcomed by her proud, first-time parents, mom Varalee Pariyaprasirt, and her husband, Jason Chiao.

Lyla joins many accomplished and famous people who were also New Year’s babies, including but not limited to Pope Alexander VI; Henry, Duke of Cornwall; Paul Revere, American Patriot; Betsy Ross, American seamstress; and J.D. Salinger, American novelist.

It is customary to make New Year’s resolutions, which individuals hope to fulfill in the coming year. While Lyla’s parents don’t often make resolutions, they are thinking about letting her believe that everyone in the world is celebrating her birthday on future New Year’s Eves. Lyla’s mother is of Chinese-Thai background, and her father is of Chinese descent, and they are hoping to have Lyla’s Chinese name for her as early as next week, which will be determined by elders and traditional Chinese methods, including astrology. Lyla’s middle name, Uma, is in memory of Varalee’s own mother, who passed away when Varalee was 15.

The couple who met in 2000 while in college at Penn State, both believe Lyla is their good luck charm for 2009. They were almost certain before Lyla’s arrival that the child they’d nicknamed “Peanut” was going to be a girl. The couple’s friends hence dubbed themselves “The Peanut Gallery” and have given gifts such as a stuffed peanut with a baby doll inside, and bamboo plants for good health and wealth.

“The staff at the medical center has been great and we are so happy that Lyla is healthy,” said Varalee. She believes the baby gave her lots of energy prior to the birth, and worked right up until the day she was admitted. “It was a very calm and comfortable pregnancy,” shared Varalee.

“We are very blessed to have Lyla arrive in the Year of the Ox,” said Jason. According to the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, people born in the Year of the Ox are patient and inspire confidence in others.

Six thousand, two hundred twelve babies, including multiple births from 6,202 deliveries, were born at The Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital at HUMC Center in 2008. The women’s hospital is part of The Sarkis Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, also home to The Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and The Mark Messier Skyway. This world-class building brings together virtually every healthcare service a family might need, from the most routine medical care to the most complex. The multi-story structure demonstrates the medical center’s commitment to family-centered care. The pavilion also includes all pediatric inpatient services in a child-friendly environment. Women’s services include a state-of-the-art maternal-fetal medicine suite, labor and delivery rooms, two mother/baby units, and a high-risk antepartum care unit.

HUMC is a 775-bed teaching and research hospital and provides the largest number of admissions in New Jersey. The medical center was recently ranked in five specialties including geriatric care, gynecology, heart and heart surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and orthopedics in U.S. News’s 2008 publication of America’s Best Hospitals. HUMC is the only New Jersey acute-care hospital to receive rankings in five specialties. For two years in a row, HealthGrades® named HUMC, the only healthcare facility in New Jersey, New York and New England, one of America’s 50 Best Hospitals. Only one percent of the nation’s hospitals can make this claim.

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