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Naval Hospital Bremerton welcomes first baby of 2016

Story by Douglas Stutz

BREMERTON, WASH. – It took Isabella almost the entire day into the new year to join her parents, but make she did as the first baby born at Naval Hospital Bremerton for 2016.

Naval Hospital Bremerton’s Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center assisted in the delivery of Isabella Rose Kraften at 11:23 p.m. to Shawnee and Jason Kraften on Jan. 1, 2016.

Isabella weighed six pounds, 14.2 ounces and is 19 inches long.

Jason is a machinist mate 3rd class assigned to USS Ohio (SSGN 726) from El Paso, Texas, and Shawnee is from Spanaway, Wash.

New born Isabella and mother are doing well.

“I came in around 8 p.m. but wasn’t completely ready. But then two and an half hours later I was. The water broke and she was here,” said Shawnee.

The Northwest Beginnings Family Birth Center staff were busy helping with deliveries throughout December. There were 48 new babies for December. Overall, Naval Hospital Bremerton recorded 710 births for 2015, an average of approximately 59 per month.

“The staff here were excellent. I couldn’t have asked for any better. They were very helpful and patient with me,” Shawnee said.

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