1st baby

Tiffany and Timothy Brand of Buchanan are the proud new parents of a daughter, Raven Sierra Brand. She was the first baby born in 2021 at The BirthPlace at Lakeland Hospital, Niles.

NILES — Southwest Michigan’s first baby of the year was welcomed at 3:03 a.m. Friday by The BirthPlace at Lakeland Hospital, Niles.

Tiffany and Timothy Brand of Buchanan are the proud new parents of a daughter, Raven Sierra Brand. She weighed 7 pounds, 15 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

In keeping with the annual tradition, the family received gift baskets from the Spectrum Health Lakeland Auxiliary and an anonymous community donor.

Spectrum Health Lakeland is served by a team of 23 obstetrics and gynecology providers, including physicians, nurse practitioners, and certified nurse midwives; 80 nurses; and 34 support staff. High-risk pregnant women and women with chronic illnesses considering pregnancy also have local access to advanced levels of care through a partnership with maternal fetal medicine specialists at Spectrum Health Medical Group.

“With the first birth of the new year, we pause to reflect on 2020 which has presented challenges unlike ever before,” said Benjamin Wood, DO, medical director of obstetrics, Spectrum Health Lakeland. “At Spectrum Health Lakeland, our team remains committed to provide safe, high quality obstetrics care to our patients and their growing families. We look forward to continuing to care for our local communities in the year ahead.”

For more info about the BirthPlace, visit spectrum healthlakeland.org/birthplace.

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