The Scarborough Hospital welcomes its first babies of 2015

SCARBOROUGH: Salman Sayany and Zeenat Malam received a very special gift for their 7th wedding anniversary – their first child, baby girl Sayany. The beautiful little bundle of joy weighing in at 5lbs, 11 ounces, arrived safe and sound at 1:05 a.m. on January 1 at The Scarborough Hospital’s (TSH) General campus.

“At 1:05 a.m. there was a last push and our beautiful daughter was born,” says Salman, a very new and very proud father. “My wife is a superstar. It was the happiest New Year.”

Salman hopes his brand new baby girl is the first of many.

“As soon as we get the handle on one we hope to have many more,” he says, and adds that, “we would definitely come back to this hospital – the staff is amazing here and the midwives were just excellent.”

Another set of proud parents also welcomed their child on January 1 at TSH’s Birchmount campus. Father Qing Qiang Jin and mother Yan Ju Nian said hello to their baby girl, Zi Yan Jin, at 6:32 a.m.

“We had planned for a natural birth, but the baby was so excited and decided to come early, so a C-Section it was,” says Qing Qiang. “It’s so exciting to see our daughter for the first time. We’re proud and excited, and mom and baby are doing very well.”

Qing Qiang adds that he and his wife are appreciative of the excellent care they received and would certainly return to TSH if they have more children.

“We just want to say thank you,” he says. “Everyone was so nice and professional. It was perfect.”

These new families, like thousands of other expectant parents each year, have benefitted from the wide variety of services available in TSH’s Maternal Newborn and Child Care (MNCC) program. These include pre-natal tours and classes, an early pregnancy assessment clinic, a breastfeeding clinic, and an umbilical cord partnership with Inception Lifebank Cord Blood Program.

TSH has made a number of important improvements in the MNCC program that allow families to continue to receive high quality care close to home. The changes include the recruitment of more obstetricians and the offer of water births at the Birchmount campus. Diversity Midwives, who have been providing care to women at TSH for more than 12 years, were instrumental in helping to introduce water births. As well, the hospital recently welcomed a second group of midwives; Sages-Femmes Midwives joins Diversity Midwives, doubling our midwifery services.