Valley Birthplace at Androscoggin Valley Hospital Welcomes 2023 New Year’s Baby


Berlin, N.H., January 16, 2023 – Damion Lee Garland-Heilman, the first baby of 2023 born at the Valley Birthplace at Androscoggin Valley Hospital (AVH), arrived Friday, January 13, to parents Kaylee Garland and Daniel Heilman. The six pounds, four ounces, and 17 and ¾-inches long Damion and his parents received a New Year’s Baby gift basket generously donated by AVH Auxiliary, AVH Surgical Associates, the AVH Women’s Services Department, Hall of Greetings, Claire Blanchette, John Colbath, Chad Ellsmore, Maryann Lary, Diane Nadeau, and Andrea Tupick. The basket included assorted gift cards, baby toys, baby clothes, two cases of diapers, two cases of baby wipes, stuffed animals, gift pack lotions for mom, and a few items for dad.

          The Valley Birthplace at AVH offers private labor/delivery suites, cozy gliders, modern bathrooms with showers, soaking tubs, and other comforts of home such as flat-screen TVs with DVD/CD players, and ensuite refrigerators. Staff at the Valley Birthplace provide a soothing environment and personalized, high-quality care for healthy and safe childbirth. Additional support and services available include Novii Wireless Bluetooth fetal monitoring; Nitrous for pain management; lactation support and guidance from a certified lactation counselor; and a delicious, congratulatory dinner and dessert prepared for the new parents by the AVH Head Chef.

About North Country Healthcare

North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities focused on the health and well-being of dozens of communities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, as well as Vermont, Maine, and Southern Canada. Mission-driven to improve lives by assuring consistently excellent, integrated healthcare, NCH employs hundreds of highly trained individuals who deliver integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical laboratories, and home health and hospice services.

This leading comprehensive healthcare network is comprised of Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency in Littleton, Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, and Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. And at more than 1,000 employees strong, NCH is proud to be the largest employer in the North Country.

Newborn Damion Lee with parents Daniel Heilman and Kaylee Garland


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