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Born in Ballard: Swedish welcomes first baby of 2010

Posted by Geeky Swedes on January 5th, 2010

Mary and Dan Ramirez of Crown Hill are the proud parents of Swedish Ballard’s first baby of the year!

Henry Alvin Ramirez was born on January 2nd at 12:21 a.m. weighing in at 8 pounds 3 ounces and measuring more than 20 inches in length. “We would like to extend special thanks to CNM Maggie Bolton and the nurses on hand during the birth. They were incredible as they guided us through the miracle of birth,” new mom Mary said. (CNM is certified nurse midwife.)

For having the first baby at Swedish Ballard, the Ramirez family gets to take home a newborn gift basket from the Swedish Auxiliary, a baby receiving blanket from Swaddle Designs, and a manicure-pedicure set from ButterLondon. Henry also gets a keepsake of his own. He and every baby born at Swedish this year will receive an “I’m a Swedish Baby” onesie. (Photograph by Pam Barber, Swedish. Swedish Ballard is a sponsor of MyBallard.)

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24 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 wtc // Jan 5, 2010 at 3:39 pm


    midwife at the hospital is definitely the way to go!

  • 2 onederfullone // Jan 5, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Beautiful family! Congratulations, and may your New Year be as wonderous as it's start ;-)

  • 3 Silver // Jan 5, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Awww! They are glowing!!

  • 4 Mary Ann // Jan 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    what a beautiful family! (they all look so young…)

  • 5 ALC // Jan 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm


    Great photo, Pam (too bad SMC blocks this site).

  • 6 ktown69 // Jan 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    wha…why would they do that?

  • 7 savourballard // Jan 5, 2010 at 5:36 pm

    Congratulations! We had our beautiful daughter there too!

  • 8 NoraBell // Jan 5, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Welcome Henry! Congrats to this happy family! :-)

  • 9 boardbrown // Jan 5, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Awesome! You know, this proves Ballard is still a 'sleepy town'. The first baby of the year born at 12:21? Sweedish First Hill would have been 12:00 (and 15 sec).

    Congratulations Mary & Dan.

  • 10 jeannette // Jan 5, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Congrats Mary & Dan! You have an adorable family. I love the tradition of Swedish Ballard giving a gift to the first born baby of the new year. I have a book on Ballard Hospital, it is pretty neat- the first family to have a baby at Ballard got an extremely swanky basket- including dinner out for mom and dad. Happy 2010! I had my second a Swedish Ballard just last June.

  • 11 ALC // Jan 5, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    I don't know. But you hit the firewall if you try to come here. Swedish blocks all blogs, too. If I want an employee to look at something from this site, I have to copy and paste it into an email.

  • 12 pants // Jan 5, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    Rivers Cuomo lives in Ballard? No way!

  • 13 dvak // Jan 5, 2010 at 10:28 pm

    LOL pants , I was thinking the same thing!

    PS the baby was born Jan 2 at 12:21 – thus it was actually 24 hours after the new year. Ballard is indeed a sleepy town – I love it here!

  • 14 boardbrown // Jan 5, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    Lordy, I totally missed that. That's almost unbelievable.

  • 15 raisedbed // Jan 6, 2010 at 2:08 am

    Yay! A shout out to Maggie Bolton… She was my midwife when I had my second born and my husband and I LOVED her. I highly recommend the Swedish Midwifery services. Way better prenatal care/attention than the OB I used with my firstborn (also in Ballard, but I won't mention the practice). Rivers Cuomo! How funny.

  • 16 Name // Jan 6, 2010 at 5:42 am

    Congrats Mary and Dan! Such an adorable family!
    And I agree, Maggie is awesome!

  • 17 trodemaster // Jan 6, 2010 at 6:01 am

    Woo Hoo! Way to go Dan and fam!

  • 18 kitty cat // Jan 6, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Wow, I didn't know Ira Glass is a father now.

  • 19 Dave // Jan 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm

    Cool! Dad's a pirate – his tattoo says “AR”!

  • 20 ethel // Jan 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Especially the baby :-)

  • 21 nitpicker // Jan 6, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    And on the 2nd! Nearly 25 hours late!

  • 22 deleomeyer // Jan 7, 2010 at 1:46 am

    What a beautiful family! Congrats to you all.

  • 23 brianconnolly // Jan 8, 2010 at 2:42 am

    Actually it says MARY but Dan is, in fact, a pirate. Bonified.

  • 24 Naise // Jan 8, 2010 at 3:26 am

    Congrats! Welcome to the world, oh teeny, tiny cuteness.

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