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Unique names, spellings trend for local newborns

Krystle Wagner • Jan 8, 2018 at 8:00 AM

Local families have been opting for unique and traditional names with non-traditional spellings for their newborns.

That’s the trend noticed at North Ottawa Community Hospital’s Family Birthing Unit over the past several years, according to Jen VanSkiver, the local health system’s spokeswoman.

In 2017, the top baby names at the Grand Haven hospital were Elijah, Theodore and Jack for boys; and Nora, Evelyn and Olivia for girls.

Tina Quinn, department manager for the Family Birthing Unit, said it’s fun asking the meaning behind the names.

“It makes the connection with the family and the birthing experience that much more precious,” she said.

Usually, families have already chosen a name for their newborn before they arrive at the hospital, but they might ask nurses for their input if they’re still undecided or have a few names in mind, Quinn said.

When Quinn herself became a mom for the first time, she didn’t know anything about obstetrics nursing.

“When I do get the opportunity to take care of patients, I try to think of those things that I had questions or concerns about during my hospital stay and work to educate patients so they don’t have the same concerns,” she said.

Whether it’s answering questions, preparing patients for the delivery of their baby or educating patients post-partum, Quinn said NOCH nurses do a “wonderful job.”

After working as a house supervisor and seeing the work nurses performed, Quinn said she was curious about the obstetrics field. She said they develop relationships with patients and their families during their stay, which hospital staff doesn’t typically get to do in other departments.

As families welcome their new members, Quinn said she enjoys the “absolute joy and happiness” that a newborn brings.

“It is an amazing experience to be a part of that every day,” she said.

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