Health System Welcomes Camden County’s First Baby of 2013

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Vera and Heath Gilbert of Kingsland welcomed the newest addition to their family, Maximus Heath Gilbert, on New Years Day. Baby Maximus arrived at 9:57 a.m. at the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Maternity Care Center in St. Marys as Camden County’s first baby of 2013. Maximus weighed in at 6 lbs., 2 oz., and measured 21 inches long. He was delivered by Joanne Altringer, CNM, a certified nurse midwife practicing with board-certified obstetrician/gynecologist Eva di Lorenzo, M.D. at Camden OB/GYN. Altringer, who has been delivering babies at Camden for 10 years, also delivered the couple’s two-year-old daughter, Viktoria. Mom was quite surprised to celebrate the delivery of little Maximus on New Years Day since he was not due for another three weeks. Another cause for celebration was the arrival of her grandfather, Nikolay Atrashkevich, 74, from Russia. “He wanted to meet his first great-grandson,” she said, smiling. Maximus’ early birth also ensured his father would have time to get to know him before being deployed next month. Each year, more than 700 babies are born at the Camden Campus Maternity Care Center, which features state-of-the-art medical care in a warm, family-friendly environment. To welcome Maximus, the Health System presented the happy parents with a large gift basket full of gifts and baby care necessities from the Southeast Georgia Health System Camden Campus Gift Shop. The family also received a newborn gift bag from the March of Dimes. In celebration of its 75th anniversary, the March of Dimes provided newborn gift bags to the first baby born at hospitals across the state of Georgia. Pictured are the new parents, Vera and Heath Gilbert, with their little bundle of joy and older sister, Viktoria.