new years baby wrapped in bundle being held by dad

In the early hours of New Year's Day 2024, Loma Linda University Children's Hospital witnessed a special arrival. Baby girl Dove marked her entry into the world at 2:09 am, becoming the first newborn of the year at the hospital's San Manuel Maternity Pavilion. She weighed in at 6 pounds 12 ounces.

Dove's parents, Lauren Nguyen and Omid Zebarjadi of Menifee expressed their excitement and gratitude to the hospital staff for their care and support. Dove is welcomed into the family by her older sister, Ocean, who is thrilled to have a new sibling.

Another family, at Loma Linda University Medical Center–Murrieta, shared their joy on the same day. Baby Jesse was born at 10:11 a.m. to parents Jerilynn Bloom and Julian Frijas, weighing 9 pounds. 

Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and Loma Linda University Medical Center–Murrieta have been recognized as part of the U.S. News & World Report’s 2024 High Performing Hospital for Maternity Care. To learn more about our maternity care, visit online