Hope Clinic is celebrating the first baby born through its prenatal/women’s health services.
Braxton Gabriel Clark II was born at 8:26 a.m. April 21 at Ennis Regional Medical Center, with Dr. Michael Jones handling the delivery.
Braxton weighed 8 pounds and was 21 inches at birth. He is the son of Gabriel and Lina Clark of Waxahachie. His paternal grandparents are Braxton Clark and Dorothy Wright of California; his maternal grandmother is Hafidha Anam of Texas.
The proud parents reported an easy delivery, with Lina saying, “I was surprised, it went so well.”
Their baby boy, who was “so quiet” when born, has since become more vocal, but, overall, “he’s a good baby and a keeper,” Gabriel and Lina said with the broadest of smiles.
The couple and infant had their first wellness check since birth on Thursday at Hope Clinic, where staff members “oohed” and “aahed” over little Braxton, who woke up from a nap in time to take photographs.
Little Braxton may be the first, but he won’t be the last, as women’s health nurse practitioner Kathy Cook Porter reports Hope Clinic has about 10 women who are expecting babies at this time.
Hope Clinic provides prenatal and postpartum services, with the infants transitioning to pediatric care within about three days from birth. All of these services are newer ones added when Hope Clinic became a federally qualified health center.
As Hope Clinic’s women’s health nurse practitioner, Porter works in collaboration with Jones, who will deliver the babies at Ennis Regional Medical Center. Also working in women’s health is Cindy Gonzales, a certified medical assistant.
The team of medical care providers also includes Hope Clinic’s pediatrician, Dr. Peggy Linguist, and her pediatric nurse practitioner, Chris Kindred, who meet with the expectant moms prior to delivery to discuss such topics as breastfeeding, immunizations and normal newborn care.
“We also work really closely with our local WIC office,” Porter said, noting the Women Infant and Children’s program’s focus also on breastfeeding and education.
As a women’s health provider, Hope Clinic does well women annual exams and sick checks from adolescent through menopausal.
“We offer a full spectrum of care,” Porter said. “These are needed services and we’re trying to get the word out that we provide them.”
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