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SVMHS Welcomes Monterey County’s First Baby of 2014

First Baby Born in 2014Salinas, CA, January 1, 2014 – Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS) welcomes Monterey County’s first baby born in the New Year. Salinas resident Rita Heredia gave birth to Aleena Nadalia Negrete at 2:39 this morning.

Aleena weighed 7 pounds, 10.9 ounces at birth and is 19.75 inches long. “I always wanted a girl and she is just perfect,” says mom Rita Heredia. Aleena is the third child for Rita and father Alex Negrete. The couple has two boys, ages 11 and 4.

Rita says Aleena’s middle name, Nadalia, has special meaning. The original due date for Aleena was December 24 and Nadalia means “Christmas Day” in Portuguese. “We were expecting a Christmas baby but couldn’t be happier about having a New Year’s baby, especially the first one born in Monterey County,” says Rita. “It’s just really exciting.”

The first day of the New Year has been a whirlwind for mom and baby. Hours after giving birth, Rita introduced her daughter to the media. Aleena posed for the cameras in a new pink outfit and bright pink bow on her head. On the bed, was a pink and white blanket made by Aleena’s grandmother.

The first baby ever born at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital recently helped SVMHS celebrate its 60th anniversary. Last year, nearly two thousand babies were born at SVMHS, some stayed in the hospital’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), operated in partnership with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford.  

Find out more about the Women & Children Center at SVMHS at Congratulate Aleena’s family at

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