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Area couple's third child is Oaklawn's first birth on New Year's Day 2020

MARSHALL – Oaklawn’s first baby of 2020 is Paisley Rose Cottingham, born at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the Oaklawn Birth Center. The child is the daughter of Katelynn Hamilton of Marshall and Brandon Cottingham of Albion.

Little Paisley weighed 7 pounds and 12 ounces at birth, and measured 20 inches long, Oaklawn’s nursing staff reported. The child is the third baby for the couple, who moved to Marshall in July 2018.

Asked why she chose Oaklawn, the mother responded “I heard they had good doctors,” adding that she was pleased with the service she received from the Birth Center’s staff.

The hospital staff presented the family with a gift basket containing items for the child and family. Included were a blanket, book, picture frame, candle, bath items, toys and an engraved “Mom, I love you” wall sign.

Oaklawn’s renovated Birth Center opened in 2012. Based on the number of deliveries since then, staff expect to welcome about 900 newborns during 2020.

At Oaklawn, a new mother remains in one comfortable, homelike room from labor through the time she takes her baby home. Fathers, support persons and siblings are welcome at all times, and other family members and friends may visit during normal visiting hours.

Each of the 11 private rooms for labor, delivery, recovery and post-partum care is decorated in soft colors and features a private bathroom and shower, a rocking chair and other amenities to make the mother and baby feel at ease. Some rooms have whirlpool tubs.

Oaklawn’s infant security system allows the nursing team to monitor the location of each baby in the Birth Center, which is a locked unit monitored by staff members.

Experienced obstetrical nurses are always prepared to answer questions or respond to any need, and can provide information about natural relaxation, breathing techniques and pain medication. The Birth Center also offers pre-natal and childbirth education classes.

For additional information about the Oaklawn Birth Center and its services, go to www.oaklawnhospital.org/birth-center or call (269) 789-3929.

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PHOTO CAPTION: Oaklawn’s first baby of 2020 is Paisley Rose Cottingham, born at 5:53 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, in the Oaklawn Birth Center. The child is the daughter of Katelynn Hamilton of Marshall and Brandon Cottingham of Albion.